Saturday, March 5, 2011

Engine Oil Loss Without Sign of Leaking

Engine oil loss is due to leakage. Damaged ring also caused engine oil loss without sign. Engine oil loss also occurs when the valves, valves seats, and valves guides damaged by wear and tear.

Replacing valves, seats, and guides costs thousands of ringgit. To save costs, those worn out parts can be sent to engineering workshop at the cost of RM 280 to RM 320 (Inanam area).

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Slashing In Wife's Orchard

Yesterday Abid started slashing my wife's orchard in Beluran. Abid claims that he had slashed around three acres but after I measure it using my GPS it is only 1.2 acres.
Labour rate is quit high now, the rate of slashing will be between RM 120 - RM 180 per acre. However, if there is an agreement of letting the labour to long term commitment with the landlord the price can be reduced to RM 80 per acre.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Affected by Flood



Four days of continuous rain had caused this.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Plantation Challanges

Plantation is mysterious place. Many things happens unnoticeable. People used to give reasons even ridiculous one. The days of military-like management has gone and replaced by more lenient and complacent management.

Complacency is the enemy of progress. Managers do not have time to check all operation in the plantation. The plantation is then divided into smaller units where each units will be supervised by a field supervisor. The supervisor is responsible for the small area and to solve problems within their capacity.

Most managers cannot accept reasons what they want is results. Field staffs must carry out any tasks given without fail. I was brought-up in military-like management where people have to do thing fast, effective and efficient. Respects is in the blood of planters and its subordinate. All these had change to weak management approach for plantation.

The "Big Guy" should device more accurate and systematic approach to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of their managers. Weaknesses can not be tolerated. Complacency is the mother of evil.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Land Development Completed!

A couple of years ago, this land were a jungle. During development lots of bitter sweet experience that shall remain untold. Now we can see it green and promising. The company implements many rules and regulations to control everything. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 were implemented to form an Integrated Management System (IMS).

I am no longer a GIS draftsman but part of management implementing all these standards. The challenges is great but I am glad to be back in action again.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

GPS Team

The GPS team on estate main office veranda after briefing.