‘Smart city’ for Felda set­tle­ment

Pro­gramme to help com­mu­nity gen­er­ate in­come via In­ter­net-based business mod­els

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Felda 2.0 pro­gramme will see the Fed­eral Land De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity cre­ate a “smart city” at the Felda Lu­rah Bi­lut set­tle­ment in Ben­tong, Pa­hang next year, says its chair­man Tan Sri Shahrir Ab­dul Sa­mad.

The pi­lot project will cost RM10mil and it will be ex­tended to other Felda set­tle­ments in the coun­try, he added.

“The smart city will bring a par­a­digm shift to the com­mod­ity-based business model within Felda,” he said af­ter a di­a­logue with the Felda com­mu­nity un­der the National Trans­for­ma­tion 50 pro­gramme here yes­ter­day.

Shahrir said Felda needed to move on to newer business mod­els like a smart city, where the com­mu­nity can gen­er­ate in­come through In­ter­net-based business mod­els.

To en­sure the suc­cess of the Felda smart city, he said it needed a change in the mind­set of the third and fourth gen­er­a­tion of set­tlers who will in­herit the land from their par­ents.

The smart city project in Lu­rah Bi­lut will be launched by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak early next year.

Felda 2.0 is a dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion project that will see the up­grad­ing of In­ter­net in­fra­struc­ture in the Felda set­tle­ments.

Ear­lier, Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din, who also at­tended the di­a­logue, said Malaysians should not be too swift in their crit­i­cism of the national foot­ball team over its losses in the Asian Fed­er­a­tion Cup series re­cently.

He said the prob­lem lies within the foot­ball man­age­ment struc­ture it­self.

Meet­ing the crowd: Khairy (third from left) and Shahrir (right) greet­ing the Felda com­mu­nity at the di­a­logue at Me­nara Felda.

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