Deep in The Oil Palm Estates

As the world's largest palm oil exporter, much of Malaysian is now covered with this "golden crop". Seen by the government as a lucrative commodity that will bring economic development to rural areas, the rapid takeover of indigenous land and conversion of forested areas to oil palm plantations has created vociferous backlash from the forest communities and environmentalists alike.

Within many of these oil palm estates lives an almost isolated community of cheap workforce made up mostly of migrant workers from neighboring countries. Here are some photographs of these workers in estates in Sabah and Pahang.



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