BN feels heat as opposition campaigners make forays into Felda schemes

BN feels heat as opposition campaigners make forays into Felda schemes

BN supporters have apparently blocked and attacked an opposition convoy trying to enter a Felda scheme in Negri Sembilan, a state that will be much watched in the coming general election.

The road block was set up on the morning of 23 December along the road that connects the Jelai Felda scheme and Gemencheh, where the Bukit Rokan Utara Felda scheme lies.

The orange-shirted opposition campaigners were forced to abandon their plan to prevent the situation from escalating. One of their four-wheel drives also came under attack, injuring a couple of the campaigners. The campaigners from the Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) apparently were also blocked from entering the Bukit Rokan Barat Felda scheme.

The incident raises the question whether BN supporters have the right to block opposition politicians from moving along any roads.

From unverified video footage, it appears that police were present. What action did they take against the perpetrators of the violence?

In March this year, Free Malaysia Today reported about the Bukit Rokan Utara Felda settlers’ unhappiness over the performance of Felda contractors engaged to maintain their smallholdings.

The Bukit Rokan Utara Felda scheme lies within the Gemencheh state seat in Negeri Sembilan. Gemencheh in turn lies within the Tampin parliamentary constituency.

Although Gemencheh and Tampin are both BN strongholds, the BN’s winning majority over Pas in the Tampin parliamentary seat has been whittled down from 18084 in the 2004 general election to 13079 in 2008.

In the 2008 general election, the BN received a fright in Negri Sembilan, winning only 21 state seats in Negri Sembilan against the Pakatan’s 15 (DAP – 10; PKR – 4, Pas – 1). The BN managed to win just five of the eight parliamentary seats up for grabs in the state as the opposition achieved a 14 per cent swing in support in its favour. Recently a large turnout at a Pakatan ceramah in Seremban Jaya raised opposition hopes of an even better showing in the coming general election.

Over in Pahang, the Anak campaigners were similarly blocked from entering the Jengka 23 Felda scheme a day earlier. Again, police appeared to be present.

One of the women can be heard shouting at the Anak campaigners, “Kami dah kaya!” (“We are already rich!”)

The Jengka 23 Felda scheme lies within the Kerdau state seat and the Kuala Krau parliamentary seat in Pahang. Although the BN won the Kerdau by-election in 2011 with a slightly bigger majority, its winning majority in Kuala Krau was slashed from 7351 votes in the 2004 general election to 5265 in the last general election.

Later the campaigners were blocked from entering the Jengka 21 Felda scheme for prayers at the mosque:

Jengka 21 lies within the Jengka state seat (within the Kuala Krau parliamentary seat), where the BN’s winning majority over Pas was cut from 1714 in 2004 to 596 in 2008.

Last year, 711 Felda settlers in Jengka, Pahang, reportedly filed a RM344m suit against Felda for fraud and breach of trust in the High Court in Temerloh. They claimed they were being paid based on a poor palm oil extraction rate from the fresh fruit bunches. This was one of a number of lawsuits brought against Felda following a landmark decision in 2010.

Meanwhile, the lacklustre performance of the Felda Global Ventures shares is not helping the BN cause. The current price of R4.61 is barely higher than the IPO price of RM4.55. That’s a far cry from the closing price of RM5.30 on the day it was first traded in June.

Felda Global Ventures share price - Graph: Bloomberg
Felda Global Ventures share price – Graph: Bloomberg

And look at the plunge in crude palm oil prices over the last two years:

No wonder the BN folks at the Felda schemes are feeling jittery.


  1. Some of the BN’s scandals since the last pilihan raya:

    – Intervention in judicial appointment; VK Lingam
    – (Alleged) Corruption in military submarine purchase; Scorpene
    – Murder of personal (allegedly) involved in military contracts; Altantuya
    – 24M USD ring purchase…
    – Sex scandal on party leader; DS Chua Soi Lek
    – Graft case on RM6.5M luxury home; Dr. Khir Toyo
    – (Unaccountability in) National Feedlot Centre RM250M funds…
    – (Questions over) zakat funds…
    – … contract awards of … Stadium, Terrenganu.

  2. As flood waters continue to rise and rise
    The political heat refuses to abate and subside
    In their traditional landscape there have appeared cracks
    BN’s gravy train is about to go off tracks
    But the PM continues to shy away from debate
    No point facing an adversary he simply cannot shake
    Better let loose the naive settlers and Mat Rempit brigade
    Let them be sacrificed for Putrajaya’s sake
    The inevitable changing of guards
    The hopes of the underprivileged and the deprived
    Their fate lies in every vote by the next GE
    Big question is whether they can overcome the dreaded EC
    For too long, the blue Dacing has been out of callibration
    But the green Moon continues to shine through
    In tandem with the Justice Vector, the Rocket’s firing on all cylinders
    Saviours all, the Rakyat’s choice of their new Keepers

  3. As usual anil will supply endless hopes to pakatan supporters. Anil is the santa claus from pakatan. But as we all know there is no santa claus in real world.

    Wake up and face the reality. FELDA votes belong to BN. FELDA = fixed deposit for BN.

    Do more research before talking nonsense. Recent payment to FELDA settlers is almost a sure win factor for BN. Talk to actual target please before talking nonsense. Did you talk to FELDA guys ???

    • The reality is Malays and Felda votes are now being chipped off from UMNO by PR the more the election is being delayed. There is no such thing as FD deposit anymore as FD can be withdrawn anytime. UMNO Barang Naik and their sycophants will soon be gone case. Whatever payment BRIM 1 or 2 is useless as the people have seen through the lies and deceits. They will take the money and still vote PR because they know after all it is their own money. Only the naive will continue with UMNO BN. And BN UMNO will continue to make the MaLAY NAIVE by preventing information from reaching them.

      Continue with UMNO BN and the country will go the way of Zimbabwe and Myanmar.
      Vote PR for a better and brighter future.

  4. This is a typical example of what Umno is good at and good for ? And is this what you want from the ruling party to be the watchdog of this country ? Especially when, after 55 year of rule , billion of ringgits or may be trillion of ringgits, in debt and above all still remain in the third world while a former P.M. is ‘suspected’ to have all hidden away … billions all over the world….

    When Singapore, who was once a member of Malaysia and got kicked out of Malaysia by the Malay ultras for asking too many sensitive and unanswerable questions in parliament, is recently said to be the richest nation on earth,

    How can that be ? When they have virtually nothing, no natural resources, not even water to feed their own people and now have become the richest nation in the world.Where are all the monies gone from Malaysia ? Now we know part of that. …. billion, is hidden all over the world and in the name of this shenanigan….

    Very mind boggling indeed, no wonder … active and busy ‘developing’ mega projects in the country for the mega ‘commissions’ that went with them but unable to achieve the 30% wealth of the country under NEP is supposed to achieve for the poor Malays….

  5. At least the opposition there is showing interest in the rural seats. It is good that they are attempting to campaign and pass information to these folks who will be the real deciders of the coming GE. Better than their counterparts in some other states like Johor and Pg who only want to make a big show of themselves in major cities and towns. We already know urban seats will go to PR even if their candidate is a monkey, dog or even frog. Put your energy and resources in areas where it matters most, the countryside and villages.

  6. Hi everyone,

    A Merry Christmas to all Christians and A Happy New Year to all readers of this blog!

    The gangsterism displayed by supporters and most likely members of UMNO Baru and BN aided by the inaction of the police against the opposition convoy would definitely NOT endear BN to the middle ground and the voters in the rural areas and FELDA schemes. Don’t underestimate the intelligence and fair play of the voters in rural areas and FELDA schemes!

    It just shows how fragile UMNO Baru and BN are to the extent they are resorting to such desparate and gangsteristic measures to prevent the opposition from bringing their message of HOPE to the people! For such undemocratic and foul ways of stopping the opposition campaign, the voters are going to punish UMNO Baru and BN even more in the next GE!

    Vote PR for a strong 2-party system! Malaysians can only benefit from it!

  7. The problem is its not too long ago Felda settlers were enjoying high prices which they have waited for too long prior before. Now on top of fear of perhaps long period of even lower prices, they have the weight of FGV shares overhanging them..Everyone know all too well that based on UMNO/BN track record that when their schemes fail, UMNO/BN makes excuses, don’t fix them, even often come up with worst hair-brain schemes, and let the participant just suffers. In other words, Felda settlers are looking a long periods of gloom – ripe for the picking for opposition.

  8. Truly 1Malaysia Samseng-courtesy of UMNO, no?
    so, Noh PR is not supposed to campaign in BN strongholds, rite? else, the wrath of violence will befall PR, rite? Truly 1Thuggish.


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