MAHATHIR CLINGING ON TO STAY PM FOR HIS CRONIES & HIS CRONIES’ CRONIES? DON’T GIVE FELDA TO SYED MOKHTAR, WARNS AMANAH LEADER – EVEN AS FORMER ‘DAIM BOY’ HALIM SAAD TIPPED TO WIN RACE TO BUY CASH-COW PLUS DESPITE UNWILLINGNESS BY KHAZANAH, EPF

THE Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) must continue to belong to the people, as an activist alleges there is an attempt to hand over the scheme to a private entity.

Mazlan Aliman, who heads an alliance of settlers’ welfare groups, said the federal government is looking to have local tycoon Syed Mokhtar Albukhary take over Felda.

“We won 19 out of 52 Felda seats in the last general election. We highlighted the plight of the settlers and because of that we are here today as the federal government,” he told Amanah delegates at the party’s annual convention in Shah Alam today.

“But I must say there is an attempt by a third party to take over Felda. I must disclose this, the third party is Syed Mokhtar Albukhary.

“I urge Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Pakatan Harapan not to allow such a thing to happen. I was told that a meeting is going to be held tomorrow between this third party and the government.

“If we allow this (take over Felda) to happen, we are betraying the settlers, we are betraying the people.

“The land title belongs to the people, this is what we have been fighting for,” said Mazlan, who is also Amanah central committee member.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/

Report: Halim Saad, partner tipped to win PLUS race after raising bid by 30pc

KUALA LUMPUR – Tan Sri Halim Saad and a partner are now the frontrunners to buy over highway concessionaire PLUS Malaysia Berhad after the two upped their previous offer by over a third, according to business weekly The Edge.

The paper quoted sources as saying that former Renong Berhad chairman Halim and Datuk Wong Gian Kui raised their initial offer of RM5.2 billion by more than 30 per cent to secure what could be one of the country’s biggest highway deals to date.

“The government asked for a price and he (Halim) raised his earlier offer,” the source said.

Halim had once owned PLUS through Renong and UEM Bhd but was forced to sell it off to sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd after the Asian Financial Crisis caused the collapse of the two companies.

PLUS owns the North-South Expressway (NSE), Second Link Expressway, Penang Bridge, North-South Expressway Central Link, Butterworth-Kulim Expressway and Seremban-Port Dickson Highway.

The Pakatan Harapan administration has so far remained ambiguous about its plans for the concessionaire but said it would consider selling to a company that can find a way to reduce the toll rates but keep profits up.

Media reports indicate negotiations for the sale of PLUS are still ongoing, but in recent months Halim’s name again emerged as one of the leading bidders.

Halim, when asked to confirm The Edge’s report about the fresh offer and his company’s prospect of winning the bid, has so far kept mum and refused to confirm or deny.

“I don’t know,” the former Renong chairman was quoted as saying.

In October, Halim and Wong reportedly made a bid to buy Khazanah’s 51 per cent stake in PLUS, offering RM5.2 billion for the block without any extension of the highway operator’s concessions, which is slated to end in 2038.

The offer also included a 25 per cent discount on current toll rates.

To date, Halim and Wong’s offer price tops competitors like the Widad Business Group, which had revised its offer to RM5.3 billion cash from the initial RM3 billion for all stakes.

The proposition also included remittances and reduction of toll rates by 25 to 40 per cent, but on the condition that the concession be extended.

– https://www.malaymail.com/

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