What next for plantations?
Mahbob Abdullah | 14 Jul 2017 00:30

FOR me it is always good to look back in review and relish the memory of my times in plantations as a young man, walking in shorts and long stockings, and with a walking stick, enjoying the work in the field and checking the ranks of rubber trees. Malaysia was the leading producer of rubber. Now those trees are mostly gone, oil palm has taken over.

Then for many years we were the leading producer of palm oil. We had worked hard to get there. But we were also riding on the efforts of the past. In the early days it was mainly British estate managers who were driving Land Rovers and walking into the fields to check on details on planting and harvesting, giving instructions in fluent Tamil. Meetings in the plantations’ associations in Kuala Lumpur were dominated by the expatriates while the few Malaysian managers would sit at the back rows.

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