InfoSAWIT, KUALA LUMPUR – As part of the commitment of the company to fulfill the rights of the workers on the good housing, one palm oil plantation company in Malaysia, FGV invested about 350 million ringgit Malaysia for the last three years to make and increase the housing facilities for the workers.
The company finished 27 projects in Kuantan, Bera, Muadzam, Temerloh, and Kuala Lipis in Pahang; Semaring in Terengganu; Gua Musang in Kelantan; Trolak in Perak, Serting in Negeri Sembilan, Sampadi and Miri in Sarawak; Sahabat and Kalabakan in Sabah. There are five on - going projects and it is hoped to be finished by the end of this year.
Chief Executive Officer Group, Dato 'Haris Fadzilah Hassan told that the housing project for the workers is on schedule though it was once postponed because of the control order from the government. “This would be the prior agenda for us though we face lots of challenges,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT recently.
Dato 'Haris Fadzilah Hassan also mentioned that his side noticed that the workers are the pillars of the company. That is why FGV decided to do concrete action in the last several years to increase the facilities in the plantations.
FGV operates 197 palm oil plantations in Semenanjung, Sabah, Sarawak, and Indonesia, namely managed by FGV Plantation (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. FGV also has other plantation companies, including Pontian United Plantation in Sabah and Asian Plantations Limited in Sarawak.
Besides the housing, FGV also made the community and mosque, playground, shops, and other facilities for the workers. In Sabah, FGV is in cooperation with Indonesian Embassy to make Community Learning Center (CLC) so that the children of the workers could have good education. There are 11 CLCs in the plantations in Sabah – nine in Sahabat, one in Umas, and one in Kalabakan which get some fund from FGV.
He also mentioned that FGV starts making “Kedai FGV” project. Every plantation would have shop or special mini market to supply the fresh product and others for the workers. “We are in cooperation with the shop owners in each region or fix the un-used buildings so that the local people could operate again,” he said. (T2)