A subsidiary of Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd, Shalimar (Malay) PLC (Shalimar Estate) received the “MPOI Award” from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) for the year 2013/14 under the ‘Best Estate Category (Peninsular Malaysia) - land extent between 40.47 ha to 499 ha’. The award was presented by the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, YB Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas at the ceremony held on 19th December at the Palace of the Golden Horses, Mines Resort City, Seri Kembangan, Malaysia.
Goodhope was represented by Mr. Ravindran Palpanathan (Estate Manager) and Mr. Devindran Kanayah (Senior Field Assistant) who received the Award.In total there were 21 awards presented for a variety of categories that recognized Plantation Companies with high levels of performance within Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. The selection for an award is based on pre-set criteria for each of the awards decided by the Malaysian Palm Oil Industry (MPOI) Awards Committee and an Assessment Panel of the MPOB.
The criteria for the Best Estate Category included:
a) Estate has to be the highest yielding for the Calendar year 2013
b) The best maintained estate in terms of overall estate condition including good control on pest & disease and improvement on work method.
c) Provide good welfare and amenities to employees as stated in the Act 446.