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Friday September 19, 2008

Rubber forest plantation well received

KOTA KINABALU: Rubber forest plantation in a Forest Management Unit (FMU) in Sabah augurs well for the states reforestation efforts and is in line with the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) plan.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said such a project would provide job opportunities for the locals as well as contribute to the reforestation efforts in an FMU.

”The state welcomes cooperation, specifically in reforestation of an FMU, which meets the state’s objectives of meeting the FMU requirements for sustainable forest management and achieving the vision of developing the rural areas under the SDC plan.”

Musa was speaking at an agreement and memorandums of under­standing (MoUs) signing between Bornion Timber Sdn Bhd and China-based Guangdong Guangken Rubber Group Company Limited, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and the Malaysian Rubber Board.

“Such a project bodes well for the people in a particular vicinity as the development of the rubber forest plantation can help uplift their standard of living, which is also in line with the state’s poverty-eradication programme,” he added.

Bornion Timber and Guangdong Guangken Rubber Group also signed an agreement to develop a rubber forest plantation in Keningau.

Bornion Timbers managing director Wee Kok Tiong said the project would cost RM230mil involving the development of an upstream plantation on 12,000 hectares of land, a state-of-the-art rubber latex factory and a rubber wood-processing plant.

The MoUs between Bornion Timbers with UMS and the Malay­sian Rubber Board will provide the necessary technical know-how and avenue for research in forestry and rubber forest plantation towards sustainable forest management. ­

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