Group pic outside the SOP Academy Training Center. Plant manager Mr. Selvaraju is at far right.

May 12, Miri – The 4th Miri Boys’ Brigade visited a palm oil mill in the outskirts of Miri as part of their planned educational activity scheduled for this year.

Upon arrival the group was warmly welcomed by Mr. Hilary Sebastian of Sarawak Oil Palms Berhad.

Sarawak Oil Palms is a Malaysian public company listed on the Bursa Malaysia.

According to its website, the Sarawak company has more than 65,000 hectares of land with crude palm oil and palm kernel as its sole fruits products.

During the two-hour visit the Boys were briefed about the company’s history, business and organizational structure.

Mr. Ben Zhang from SOP explains the palm seedlings, fruits and oils

They also learned about the various aspects of palm oil production; the establishment of plantations, collection from fresh fruits bunches, acceptable quality for the international edible oil trade and milling process.

After the one hour briefing, the floor was opened to an active Q & A session by Mr. Selvaraju, the plant manager.

A guided tour to the mill was led by the on-site engineer Mr. Ben Zhang.

Touring the plant

Sgt. Sim Soon Sin, who recently received a Gold Scholastic award was appreciative with the visit. “It was a new experience for us, an eye-opener. We learned much and had good fellowship too,” he said.

Cpt. Roseline Lee thanked the company and their staff for providing such an enriching experience. “The visit augurs well for our boys as they have learned more about palm oil. I wish to express our heartfelt thanks to Sarawak Oil Palms and their excellent community service,” she summed up.

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