FGV liquidates 2 companies, 135 staff to receive severance package

PETALING JAYA: FGV Holdings Bhd is liquidating two companies namely Felda Engineering Services Sdn Bhd and Felda Properties Sdn Bhd by year-end as part of its transformation programme.

The group said in a statement that the two companies are not part of its core business. The liquidation is part of its renewed focus on efficiency, accountability and profitability.

“The group currently has about 100 companies, of which 93 are active and operational, though several are not profitable or well-managed,” it said in a statement.

Felda Engineering and Felda Properties were incorporated in 1994 and 1995 respectively, mainly to support internal housing and construction projects for the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda).

“Neither Felda Engineering, which is a project management company, nor Felda Properties has undertaken much work outside of the Felda Group and/or FGV. Since FGV’s listing in 2012, Felda’s subsidiary Felda Investment Corp (FIC) has taken over much of the work previously undertaken by Felda Engineering and Felda Properties.

“Additionally, FGV’s plantation sector already has in-house capacity to manage and maintain its own facilities,” it said.

FGV said it was in discussions with Felda for almost a year from February 2018 as well as with the settlers’ cooperative Koperasi Permodalan Felda Bhd (KPF) from November 2018 on the possible takeover of Felda Engineering and Felda Properties but neither Felda nor KPF agreed to acquire the two companies.

Pursuant to the planned liquidation of the companies, FGV has offered severance packages to a total of 135 employees. Each affected employee will receive between 10 and 30 months of his or her current monthly salary, depending on years of service to the group.

All the 135 employees will also receive full medical coverage until Dec 31, 2019. Additionally, FGV is offering outplacement assistance to all affected employees to help facilitate a smooth transition.

Since the management made the decision to exit the two businesses a year ago, a total of 23 employees from Felda Engineering and Felda Properties have been absorbed into other parts of the group.

FGV said it will continue to seek every opportunity to reskill or redeploy its displaced manpower, where possible.

Source: The Sun Daily

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