Malaysia: Azmin defends Felda settlers over Chef Wan’s ‘lazy’, ‘breed like cats’ remarks
Azmin defends Felda settlers over Chef Wan’s ‘lazy’, ‘breed like cats’ remarks
By Hurzimmah Daim, Nor Ain Mohammed Radhi and Hana Naz Harun
KUALA LUMPUR: Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali today defended Felda settlers who were branded “lazy” and “breeding like cats” by celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, popularly known as Chef Wan.
Azmin said the latter’s view of the settlers was a personal one.
He said he believed that Felda settlers had a bright future and potential if they continued to support the government’s initiatives.
“Never mind, it was his (Chef Wan’s) personal view. What is important right now is as the government, we have tabled a new policy in Parliament for Felda settlers.
“Yesterday, we could see that the prime minister’s (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) speech received a positive reaction from the settlers.
“This morning, I had a discussion with the prime minister and he wants action to be taken immediately to ensure the success of the initiative,” he told reporters in Parliament.
Chef Wan, who was presented with the Felda Icon award during the Settlers’ Day 2019 celebration in Rompin on Sunday, took to Instagram to tick off “lazy” Felda settlers who refused to help themselves and waited for government help.
He said Felda settlers should work hard to cultivate cash crops to supplement their income, amid uncertainty over palm oil prices.
Chef Wan said he had traveled to Australia, Norway and Sweden for his TV shows and saw how the people in those countries cultivated cash crops and raised livestock by making full use of the land and contributing to the economy.
In comparison, he said, many Felda settlers sold off subsidised fertiliser given to them by the government, and when they received dividends, they married two or three times and “breed like cats”.
The chef said it was all based on his experience while growing up in Felda.
Meanwhile, Azmin denied that he was “booed” during the Felda event.
He said that although there appeared to be “some commotion” at the back among the crowd while he was delivering his speech, he believed that it was not meant for him.
“We were welcomed by Felda settlers, who came as far as Sabah and Perlis to celebrate not just Settler’s Day, but to also meet the prime minister and welcome the new initiatives presented in a white paper for them,” he said.
Pressed further if he was booed as Pahang was an Umno-held state, Azmin replied: “No. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail was present, along with state exco members.
“We have a good working relationship with the state government. Even before we came for the event, I received a letter from the menteri besar to discuss infrastructure projects in the state.
“(And) yesterday, the prime minister in his speech has announced three mega projects in Pahang.
“This shows that the Federal Government has never sidelined Pahang,” he said.
Felda settlers must work hard’ – Chef Wan
By Dennis Chua – July 8, 2019
KUALA LUMPUR: Celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail or Chef Wan has just been named a Felda Icon by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Rompin yesterday.
Upon accepting the Felda Icon Award, Chef Wan took to Instagram to tick off “lazy” Felda settlers who refused to help themselves and waited for the Government’s help.
He said: “As the price of palm oil is not certain, Felda settlers should work hard to cultivate cash crops to supplement their income. It will help us reduce our dependency on imported food.
“Malaysia is blessed with good soil and there is a lot of idle land. The Government should privatise this land for cash crops.
“I’ve travelled to Australia, Norway and Sweden for my TV shows and saw how the people cultivate cash crops and raise livestock, making full use of the land and contributing to the economy.
“Back home, many of my fellow Felda settlers sell off fertiliser subsidies given to them by the Government, and when they receive dividends, they marry two or three times and ‘breed like cats’!
“I saw all of this when I was growing up. Their bad attitude has been passed on to their grandchildren.
“If we are lazy and unwilling to sacrifice, God will not help us and we will never be successful in life.”
Chef Wan also said there were many “maggots” amongst the settlers who were not thankful to the Prime Minister for his sacrifices and contributions towards nation-building.
He said that such people “made noise” whenever he spoke and “lived off free money” from the Government.
“These ungrateful human beings are born to be rubbish and they will forever be rubbish.”
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