Raub durian firm in tussle with farmers denies financial difficulties

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Raub durian firm in tussle with farmers denies financial difficulties
Raub durian firm in tussle with farmers denies financial difficulties

The Royal Pahang Durian Resources (RPDR-PKPP) today refuted a claim that the company is facing financial difficulties and has lodged a police report over text messages alleging so, which had gone viral via a social messaging platform.

Its chairperson Puteri Iman Afzan Sultan Abdullah, in a statement, regarded the rumours as "unsubstantiated and absolutely untrue".

"I am deeply disconcerted by recent circulation via a social messaging platform claiming that the Royal Pahang Durian Group is currently facing financial difficulties and experiencing internal shareholder dissent.

"In this regard, I would like to strongly dispel these rumours as unsubstantiated and absolutely untrue.

"The RPD Group 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.

"Contrary to claims made by certain parties, our partner PKPP is a state-owned company. Therefore, RPDR-PKPP is a joint endeavour with the state," said the eldest daughter of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

For the record, RPDR-PKPP is the company that recently got into a dispute with a group of durian farmers in Raub, Pahang. The dispute started when the RPDR and PKPP entered into the joint-venture and is reclaiming thousands of acres of land from what it claimed are illegal durian farmers.

Iman's statement, however, did not include the original message that contains the allegation, nor mention which social messaging platform was used to disseminate it.

She said there should not be any doubt cast upon RPDR's management team, whom she described as having shown their management calibre since 2017.

"In addition, our durian processing factory will be built in strict adherence to local council regulations, proper planning and in compliance with internationally accepted HACCP 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 added.