Felda represents govt interest in Eagle High deal

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The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) is an intermediary for the Malaysian government in the acquisition of Indonesian oil palm planter PT Eagle High Plantations Tbk (EHP).

Chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad said Felda was selected due to its expertise in managing oil palm plantations.

“We are representing the government of Malaysia in two levels — the management and board of directors of EHP,” he told reporters after the launching of Felda D’Saji Sdn Bhd’s 14th branch in Bangi yesterday.

He said Felda had been allocated two seats on the board of directors, of which one was appointed, while one position at the management level had been filled.

“We have one person who is stationed in Jakarta permanently. He is a former employee of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGVH) and is being tasked with the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and investor relations on behalf of EHP.

“He has been there about a month, representing the investment of the government of Malaysia,” Shahrir said.

Shahrir said Felda was also looking into the possibilities — directly or through FGVH — of venturing into the downstream business in Indonesia through EHP.

“Under the share purchase agreement for EHP, among others, we are given the opportunity to be involved in the downstream sector in Indonesia within the EHP Group,” he said.

Felda, through Felda Investment Corp Sdn Bhd, concluded the acquisition of a 37% stake in EHP from Rajawali Group in a deal worth RM2.26 billion. — Bernama