24 farmers claim being cheated of millions

24 farmers claim being cheated of millions
Some of the 24 farmers showing the documents to show that they had been cheated of their land.

CAMERON HIGHLANDS - Twenty-four farmers, who are mainly senior citizens, are claiming that they had been cheated of millions of ringgit in the sale of their land.

The farmers, cultivating vegetables and flowers, said they had exhausted all avenues to get back what is due to them.

Affected farmer M. Karuppayee, 72, said numerous reports had been lodged with the police and the Registrar of Companies.

The farmers had also approached the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

She said her husband, who used to work at a tea plantation, had withdrawn his Employees Provident Fund to buy the half-shares worth RM50,000 (S$18,522) in the company in 1989.

"My husband has died, and I am still waiting for the 1.4ha of land to be given back to me," she said at her farm on Sunday.

The farmers' spokesman P. Ramasamy, 61, said in 1989, the National Land Finance Cooperative had sold about 203.2ha of land in the valley for RM10.8mil to a company that was set up by over 70 buyers.

Ramasamy, who was a former company director, said from 1989 to 1994, the company directors were working to carry out the necessary legal processes because the land had only one title, and it took them time to sub-divide the land to the rightful owners.

"However, in 1995, some of the shareholders decided to sell off their plots," he said.

He claimed another former company director then worked with a man and got proxy signatures as well as the land title, and that the farmers' lots were allegedly sold off over the years.

However, Ramasamy claimed the money from the sale of lots never went into the company's account.

"We want the authorities to intervene, and give us back what is due to us," he said.

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