NCR project participants get incentives worth over RM 1 mil

SIBU: Ta Ann Pelita Silas Plantation Sdn Bhd, an oil palm plantation joint-venture (JV) between Ta Ann Holdings Bhd and Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA), has disbursed cash incentives amounting to RM1.324 mil to 509 native participants from 22 longhouses — the fourth since 2010.



Deserving: Dr Rundi (second from left) presenting the incentives as (from right) Meikle, Wong, Hamed,
Ta Ann chief operating officer Lim Hong Hin and Razali look on.

Set in 2005, the project was based on native customary rights (NCR) concept at Ulu Sebauh in Bintulu. To date, about 5,000ha have been planted with an average palm age of more than six years. Presently, the monthly production is around 4,500 metric tonnes (MT) with steady increases.

According to the area development committee chairman TR Meikle Ding, the project had been well received by all participants since the very beginning. “We have full confidence in the project. The cash incentives from converting the previously idle land to a productive one has greatly improved our standard of living. This JV is crucial in paving the way for a brighter prospect for our children and for generations to come,” he said.

The presentation ceremony was graced by Assistant Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications) Minister Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi, who was accompanied by Ta Ann executive chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi and its chief executive Datuk KH Wong.

Attending on behalf of LCDA was its senior manager Razali Zainudin.