Recent and archived articles by Mah Siew Keong
AS you read this, I am now the caretaker Minister of Plantation Industry and Commodities after the 13th Parliament was dissolved on April 6.
Chinese New Year’s eve will be upon us tomorrow. At this moment, Malaysians celebrating the festival will be making last minute preparations or travelling home for the reunion dinner to usher in the big day.
Fronds, trunks, empty fruit bunches (EFB), palm kernel shell (PKS), palm mesocarp fibre, palm kernel cake (PKC) and palm oil mill effluent (POME) are biomass from palm oil production that most Malaysians are unfamiliar with.
When I was appointed Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities on June 28, 2016, many said it was a homecoming for Gerakan.
What words come to mind when names such as Lindt, Rolex and Davos are mentioned? I am certain they will include quality and premium. Switzerland, a country that is about one-eighth the land size and one quarter the population of Malaysia, is well-known for making top quality products in small quantities.
Today, close to 40% of the total 5.74 million hectares of oil palm planted area in Malaysia are managed by smallholders. On an average, a smallholder with a planted area of 3.9ha can earn a monthly net income of between RM2,000 and RM2,100.
After a working visit to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Malaysian Pepper Board (MPB) and the Pesta Lada 2017 event in Kuching, it is clear to me that despite various challenges the industry has experienced, rural pepper farmers from Sarawak still depend on this crop as their main source of income.
HAVE you taken a look at the Jata Negara recently? One of its distinctive features is a pair of tigers supporting the shield, which symbolises strength and courage. How about Wira, our orangutan mascot of the 16th Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur in 1998?
The term ‘Industry 4.0’ has become a global buzzword since its introduction by the Germans in 2011. There are so many definitions and big words thrown around, it can be difficult for the layman to understand what it is all about.
It is well known that palm oil has faced significant problems in Europe, including negative public opinion influenced by negative labelling of food products. What is less well known is that such negative influences are creeping into Malaysian life as well.