Summary: Ooi Ling Hoak (OLH)

OOI LING HOAK (OLH)

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Education
1976
B. Agr. Sc. (1st class Hons)
University of Malaya
Career Outline
1976
Agricultural Officer
Department of Agriculture, Perak
1976 – 1977
Plantation Assistant
Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd.
1977 – 1986
Agronomist, Research Officer
Highlands Research Unit (HRU) Sdn. Bhd.
1986 – 2003
Agronomist, Principal Research Officer and Section Head, Techno-Economic and Management Section.
Applied Agricultural Research (AAR) Sdn. Bhd.
2004 – 2008
Agronomist, Principal Research Officer and Section Head, Techno-Economic and Management Section.
Advanced Agriecological Research (AAR) Sdn. Bhd.
Job Description
As an Agronomist, my main duty is to provide agronomic advices on oil palm, cocoa and coconut to our two Principals; Boustead Plantations Bhd and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd, and also to our clients. I have more than twenty five years’ experience in the nutrition, pest and disease control and planting practices in these crops. Occasionally, I also carry out economic and feasibility studies on the three plantation crops. As a Principal Research Officer, I am responsible for the research programmes undertaken by the Techno-Economic and Management Section. The research programmes cover mechanization/automation, worker productivity improvement, development of worker and manager-friendly techniques, treatment and utilization of palm oil mill by-products, precision agriculture, land clearing, drainage and economic studies.
Key Research Interests
My current research interests are: 1) zero-waste zero-discharge system of treating palm oil mill effluent (POME) and empty fruit bunch (EFB), 2) detaching fruits from fresh fruit bunches (FFB) and sending only the loose fruits to the mills, 3) zero-burn techniques of clearing oil palm for replanting and their impacts on the replanted palms, 4) automation of FFB weighing in the field and transmitting data to the plantation office wirelessly for the production of yield map, crop production and harvester performance reports, payroll and other reports required by the plantation managers and agronomists, 5) to integrate a controller to a local fertilizer spreader for variable rate application of fertilizer on the go, and 6) mechanization of FFB evacuation and application of fertilizer/EFB.

Discoveries
Products
Have led or directly involved in the development of the following products:
  • Oil palm yield monitor in the form of a purpose-built instrumented tractor-trailer equipped with load cells, GPS receiver, memory chip and wireless communication system, and supported by in-house customized software. This was jointly developed by AAR, Avery Malaysia S/B and Montek Technologies (M) S/B and could be considered as the first oil palm yield monitor in the world. The system is able to automate the weighing and recording of FFB weight, location and time data and transmit them to the plantation office. Among other uses, the data acquired could be used to generate accurate yield map to serve as a starting point for precision agriculture (Ooi et al., 2003; Ooi & Heng, 2005).
  • Boustead Biotherm Palmass Plant and Process. This zero-waste zero-discharge method of treating palm oil mill effluent and empty fruit bunch was jointly developed by Boustead Plantations Bhd and AAR. The novel plant and process is being patented.
  • Hybrid coconut MATAG, a cross between Malayan Yellow Dwarf (MYD)/Malayan Red Dwarf (MRD) and Tagnanan Tall (TAG) coconuts developed by United Plantations Bhd. (UP). The TAG used in the production of MATAG was originally selected by me at Tagnanan Estate in Davao, Philippines and brought back to Kuala Lumpur on behalf of United Plantation Associations Malaysia (UPAM) members with interest in coconut breeding (HRU, UP & Golden Hope). After a year’s quarantine in a GH rubber estate in Bahau, the TAGs were then distributed and planted in the respective members’ estates and then used to produce new hybrids for evaluation. Among the importing members, only UP persevered and came out with the winning MATAG.
  • Hybrid coconut MAWA, a cross between MYD)/MRD and West African Tall (WAT). MAWA was first developed by the French (IRHO) and later evaluated by me in Malaysia and found to be the best hybrid coconut at that time (Ooi & Chew, 1985). In the meantime, WAT was imported and I was involved in the setting up of MYD/MRD seed gardens in Torkington, Chersonese, Bukit Selarong, Bukit Cheraka, Muar River, Bukit Nuri and Pulau Bai estates and subsequently became the biggest producer of MAWA hybrids in 1970s and 1980s in Malaysia.
Personal Details/Awards/Publications

News

AAR wishes to congratulate Ms. Gan Siau Ting and their team members for being awarded the 2013 PIPOC’s Best Poster Award, for their poster paper “A High Density DArT- and SNP-based Linkage Map of ...
AAR wishes to congratulate Mr. Sim Choon Cheak for being awarded the 2012 Scholar Award, Southeast Asia region by IPNI. For further details, please visit IPNI website at http://www.ipni.net/article/I...
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe GLC Open Day, a showcase of government-linked companies in collaborations with private sectors was held from 24-26 June 2011 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Boustead Holdings Bhd. is on...
The original article in PDF format\r\n\r\nAs food prices escalate throughout the world, scientists say it is time for Malaysia to pay more attention to soil and crop research.\r\n\r\n\"The crisis of high foo...
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDr. Kee Khan Kiang, Director of Research, AAR holding the certificate of achievement during the 5th Malaysia Power Brand 2011 Award Gala Dinner held on 27 March 2011.\r\n\r\n\r\nCongr...
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNote: This article is written by Dr. Chee in mandarin and published by Agroworld, Issue No. 236, February 2011, Kuala Lumpur : 34-36. (Translated by Soon, S.H. and reviewed by Wong, C.K.)\r\n...
RM4.4b allocation for oil palm replanting (published in Business Times dated 5 January 2011)\r\n\r\nThe original article in PDF format\r\nMalaysia\'s oil palm industry will spend RM4.4 billion to replan...
From \'Dolly Parton\' bunches to smaller one, oil-laden ones (published in Business Times, 23 November 2010)\r\n\r\nClick here to enlarge image\r\n...
Congratulations to AAR on being awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certification for its Tissue Culture Laboratory (published in New Straits Times dated 20 November 2010)\r\n...
(The mandarin version of this article is published in Alam Pertanian, issue 8, 2010. This article is translated from mandarin to English by SSH)\r\n(The Bahasa Malaysia version of this article is a...
\"油棕品种 - 矮种,高产量,高油量特点 - 打造丰硕收成油棕园\" (published in Alam Pertanian, issue 7, 2010)\r\n\r\n\r\n...
\"Baka Kelapa Sawit Terkini Untuk Meraih Hasil Yang Tinggi\" (published in Info Pertanian, issue 7, 2010)\r\n >>Mandarin version<<\r\n\r\n\r\n...
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nScope of certification: Production and sales of tissue cultured clonal oil palm planting materials starting from the receiving of embryoids\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAcknowledgeme...
Aerial Impression of AAR\'s New Complex\r\n\r\n\r\n[ngg_images source=\"albums\" container_ids=\"2\" display_type=\"photocrati-nextgen_basic_extended_album\" gallery_display_type=\"photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnai...
We regret to announce the sudden demise of a dear friend and colleague Madam Ho Yuk Wah recently. The International Oil Palm fraternity has lost a valuable member who had contributed so much to the in...
AAR moving into new office complex (published in The Star dated 18 January 2008)\r\n...
Strong demand boosts CPO price (published in Financial Daily dated 18 January 2008)\r\n...
Cheap oil palm replanting loans for smallholders (published in New Straits Times dated 18 January 2008)\r\n...
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOrder form\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPreface\r\n\"There has never been a cover crop like this before in our plantations\" was the common comment that we heard at the Seminar and Field Tour on \" Mucuna bract...
The Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang refuted allegations made by some Western non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that peat soil in Sarawak was unsuitable for plantin...
Centre for crop research (published in The Star dated 25 February 2007)\r\n...
Queen\'s Royal Visit to Goodenough College\r\n\r\nMr. Patrick Ng (second from left) was presented to the Queen of United Kingdom on 10 November 2006.\r\n\"Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of United Kingdom would...
AA Resources optimistic of 20pc sales growth (published in New Straits Times dated 19/07/2006)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEditor\'s notes\r\nErrata\r\n1) Dr. Soh Aik Chin is Head of Agricultural Resources and not chief exe...
Cloned oil palms push up AAR revenue (published in The Star dated 19/07/2006)\r\n\r\nEditor\'s notes\r\nErrata\r\n1) Dr. Soh Aik Chin is Head of Agricultural Resources and not chief executive officer....
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWe are proud to announce that Dr Soh Aik Chin, the Head of Advanced Agriecological Research Sdn. Bhd., has been awarded the Fellow of Academy Science for year 2006 under the biological scien...
Clones from Ijok (published in Malaysian Business dated 16-30 June 2006)\r\n\r\n\r\n...
AAR is proud to announce that Mr. Patrick Ng (Research Officer), who joined us in 1998 has been awarded the prestigious \'British Chevening Scholarships\' for year 2006 from the British Council of Malay...
\r\n\r\n\r\nAAR wish to congratulate Madam Siti Norasikin Binti Moksen (Research Clerk) on her successful completion of the Executive Diploma in Management with Distinction from University of Malaya. It is ...
\r\nWe are proud to announce that Dr Soh Aik Chin, the Head of Advanced Agriecological Research Sdn. Bhd., was presented the prestigious Malaysian Toray Science Foundation 2005 Science & Technology ...