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Working on mechanisation in plantations
Mahbob Abdullah | 01 Dec 2017 00:30
Jack and his father are trying to help the plantation industry to change

It is always good to see father and son work well in a business, and I could see the pride in the face of Datuk Khor Chen Heng when his son was doing the briefing in front of plantation owners who visited the premises of Eurostar Tractors Sdn Bhd in Kawasan Perindustrian Krubong in Melaka.

Melaka is not noted for being the centre for plantations, but it was to the state that I went with nearly 100 other members of the Malaysian Estate Owners Association (MEOA) to see a special demonstration of mechanisation that is needed by the industry. I saw how Eurostar was trying to help the industry to change.

Even Melaka has changed. I was surprised by the pace of progress, since my visit so many years ago. The river serves tourists with boats chugging past the village packed with wooden houses in the centre of town, and the roofs looked like orange wavelets from my hotel room. The road to Eurostar was past the mosque at Peringgit with its special design, and then we were through to the Krubong industrial estate. Like many other industrial sites I have seen, it has an air of things happening with medium-sized industries working quietly and growing fast.