On 4 December 2009, Sime Darby Bhd, through its plantation arm, Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd, bought the entire issued and paid-up capital (50,000 shares of RM1 each) of an obscure new company, Nature Ambience Sdn Bhd, for RM16.8...
Friend of mine bought a tomato for RM1.20 at the Tanjung Bunga market. Now you would think a RM1.20 tomato would have to be pretty special. No, this was just a little tomato, not even big and juicy. Unlike ordinary tomatoes that...
Here's something that an analyst sent to me. The Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) is a government statutory body charged with developing native customary rights (NCR) land in a bid to improve the lot of rural communities...
The way we go about planning the economy without a thought to the environment is worrying. Sometimes a cartoon can say so much more than words.
You may not have noticed, but a classic PR battle is being waged between the agrichemical industry and anti-paraquat campaigners. Round One went to the anti-paraquat campaigners, when they succeeded in getting the Malaysian government to ban the dangerous pesticide. The...
Genetically modified salmon could be next on your menu. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soon going to decide whether to approve GM salmon as food. See the story on Natural News here. (We have already seen...
More worrying developments regarding the corporate takeover of agriculture. Nestle is eyeing the commercialisation of traditional red rice varieties in Sarawak. It is also trying to promote contract farming - perhaps something similar to what Sime Darby has in mind...
Another township coming up. How about also allocating space for organic vegetable farms and orchards? With food prices soaring and the not impossible prospect of global food shortages, we need to be self-sufficient in food. Does Penang have...
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Ahmad Maslan revealed that Felda’s cash reserves had dwindled from RM4.1 billion in 2004 to RM1.4 billion last year. Photo credit: Utusan/Felda.net [googlemaps https://maps.google.com.my/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=jalan+stonor&sll=3.1553,101.718314&sspn=0.009491,0.01929&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Jalan+Stonor,+Kuala+Lumpur,+Federal+Territory+of+Kuala+Lumpur&ll=3.155342,101.718292&spn=0.032138,0.04283&z=14&iwloc=A&output=embed&w=500&h=375] The agreement to buy Menara Felda at the Platinum Park Site,...
I am just back from Singapore, where I took part in a forum on the Malaysian general election with some old friends. The forum on Tuesday was organised by the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang...

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