Tee: Enough cultivation research, train people to cultivate


PETALING JAYA: Controversial preacher Ridhuan Tee Abdullah has hit out at universities and government agencies for focusing too much on research and giving very little emphasis on practical training.

In a column published in Sinar Harian today, Tee singled out Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) and the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda), among others, for not developing abandoned land.

Tee, who is an academician himself, then drew comparisons with the Chinese community, whom he deemed a hardworking lot.

“They never set foot in UPM or conducted any ‘research’ yet they know what to do with abandoned plots of land.

“Also, Lembaga Tabung Haji is busy opening fields all the way in Indonesia, while the land in our backyard remains abandoned,” he wrote.

Tabung Haji, through its subsidiary TH Plantations Bhd, had in 2013 acquired PT Persada Kencana Prima, a firm which has 14,180 hectares of oil palm plantations in East Kalimantan.

Tee said a similar predicament could be seen in the fishing industry, where the Chinese fishermen, particularly in Bagan and Bagan Datoh were thriving.

This, Tee reasoned boiled down to the fact that the community was not afraid of taking risks.

“We have public universities that are researching the riches of the sea, but unfortunately, our fishermen are nowhere.

“As for the Chinese, they dare to fail. They go out to the deep oceans and become rich while we continue to come up with unsubstantiated theories.”

Tee’s column today was a follow-up to one he had written last week where he lamented the state of agriculture in Malaysia, despite the country being blessed with fertile soil and the millions of ringgit pumped into the industry.

Last Monday, he questioned why Malaysia was still reliant on food imports rather than being an exporter of agriculture products.

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