Friday, July 08, 2011

Trip To Tanjung Tualang, Perak - Astounding Success

Waiting for the arrival of the students infront of the Riverview Estates office at Tanjung Tualang.
Thirty eight Form Two boys, mainly from the Crime Prevention Club, made a visit to a palm oil plantation managed by the  Riverview Rubber Estates Bhd at Tanjung Tualang in Perak. The arrival of the boys and a teacher Mr Lawrence were greeted by estate's senior manager Mr Leong Heng Khoon and his subordinates, led by Riverview's executive director Mr Adrian Tsen. Also present during the visit were Dato Brother Vincent Corkery, Mr Phoon Chong Chee, Brother Matthew Bay and committee members of the Old Michaelians Association, among others Mr Yong Sin Wah, Mr Terry Yip, Mr Anthony Lourdes and Mr Gnanasagaran.
Look at how the worker pluck the fruits. The pole is immensely heavy with a curved very sharp knife at the end.   
Mr Adrian Tsen explaining the finer points of oil palm cultivation. 
For St Michael's, educational field trips like this have many advantage. We feel that the trip itself is fun and creates a bond among those taking part in it. 
The boys are actually going to where the experts are thus they have the opportunity to learn a lot from. 

Arrival of the group at the plantation.
The entourage was taken to the plantation itself where they witnessed the plucking of the fruits, how the matured fruits were loaded into the carriers and how trees are cared for and maintained for better yields. 
A powerpoint presentation was also carried out by Mr Leong detailing the historical background of palm oil, types, countries involved in the planting and its potential for the next 15 years. 
The still-enthusiastic boys after the visit. They are very thankful to be given the golden opportunity.  
We were later feted to an excellent meal of fried chicken, noodles and fruits at the grounds of a 98 years old bungalow, 
We thank the management of Riverview Rubber Estates for the opportunity extended to the boys. The trip was fully sponsored by the company.
Signing off,

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