Royal Pahang Durian Group is financially sound, says chairman

KUANTAN: The Royal Pahang Durian (RPD) Group, which is embroiled in a dispute with durian farmers in Raub, maintains that it is financially sound.

RPD chairman Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah (pic) said she was deeply disconcerted by a recent message circulating via a social messaging platform claiming that the group was currently facing financial difficulties and experiencing internal shareholder dissent.

"I would like to strongly dispel these rumours as unsubstantiated and absolutely untrue.

"RPD is financially sound and remains fully committed in partnership with Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertanian Negeri Pahang (PKPP) and the state in contributing to the growth of the national durian industry.

"In relation to these rumours, a police report has also been lodged," she said in a statement on Thursday (Nov 19).

Tengku Puteri Iman said contrary to claims made by certain parties, PKPP is a state-owned company, thus Royal Pahang Durian Resources (RPDR) PKPP is a joint endeavour with the state.

"For the record, RPDR PKPP's board of directors comprises myself, Datuk Seri Shahiruddin Ab Moin (PKPP), Datuk Suhaimi Mohd Yunus (PKPP), Cheah Siew Mun (RPD) and Mun Yung Kwun (RPD).

"As such, there should not be any doubt cast upon the competency of RPD's management team as they have shown their calibre since 2017 with their exemplary durian fruit farm located in Pahang, with fruiting anticipated in 2022," Tengku Puteri Iman said.

She added that their durian processing factory would be built in strict adherence to local authority regulations, proper planning and in compliance with internationally accepted HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) guidelines.

"We are in the process of obtaining the required approvals and construction will commence soonest thereafter.

"I would like to reiterate that I have full confidence that our management team have and will always carry out their duties professionally," she said.

In recent developments, the High Court here extended the stay on enforcement action against several durian farms in Raub while it was deliberating a judicial review application by 110 planters.

The court fixed Dec 9 for decision on the planters' application for leave.

Among others, the applicants were seeking a judicial review on the notices issued to evict them from the lands in or around Sungai Ruan, Sungai Chalit, Sungai Klau, Tranum, Tras and the Gunung Benom forest reserve.

The applicants also wanted a judicial review of the state government's decision to award a lease and rights to use 2,167.9ha of land in Raub to Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd for a period of 30 plus 30 years as well as the mandatory requirement that they sell their durians to an entity nominated by the joint venture company.

Another batch of 94 planters have filed an application for a judicial review as well, which would be heard on Dec 9.

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