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Malaysia: Millennials flee the city to get hands dirty as farmers

Alicia Koh and Loi Meishy belong to a new generation of farmers who have left the big cities for a life on the land. (Photo: Ray Yeh)

About two years ago, Ms Koh decided to give up her work in Singapore and “just moved to Malaysia” to pursue farm work full-time.

By Ray Yeh
A Channel News
23 May 2016


PENANG: When she graduated from the University of Science, Malaysia with a degree in special education, instead of embarking on a career in the classroom, Loi Meishy packed up her things and moved out of the city.

On the outskirts of Penang Island, on a small plot of land leased from the state government, Ms Loi began a new life in 2013 with two friends who got tired of the rat race, and “wanted to try something new”.

That “something new” involved trading their polished shoes for work boots and getting their hands dirty: Organic farming.

Said the first-time farmer: “I didn’t want to go straight to school and teach. I’m not the kind of person who can sit in a place for a long time, I don’t like that kind of life. So I told myself, ‘why not try?’”

The trio found the perfect place for their new venture. A mere 20-minute car ride from George Town, the Pusat Agropelancongan (Agro-tourism Centre) in the suburban district of Relau near Penang’s international airport had a small farm lot waiting to be rented. They signed up for a lease and got to work.

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