Mah Siew Keong

Recent and archived articles by Mah Siew Keong

25 Apr 2018 | 7:00 AM

My honour to serve you

AS you read this, I am now the caretaker Minister of Plantation Industry and Commodities after the 13th Parliament was dissolved on April 6.

14 Feb 2018 | 7:00 AM

A bountiful new year

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.

31 Jan 2018 | 7:00 AM

Reimagining palm biomass into wealth

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.

20 Dec 2017 | 7:00 AM

Commodities industry – a year in review

When I was appointed Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities on June 28, 2016, many said it was a homecoming for Gerakan.

Fruitful venture: Mah (second from left) looking at a fresh palm fruit bunch during his visit to a booth at the International Palm Oil Congress and Exhibition 2017 at KLCC. Also present are Malaysian Palm Oil Board chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah (right) and Malaysian Palm Oil Board director general Datuk Ahmad Kushairi Din (left). — Bernama
22 Nov 2017 | 7:00 AM

Becoming the ‘Swiss’ of cocoa and pepper

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.

8 Nov 2017 | 7:00 AM

Anti-palm oil lobby threatening livelihood of 650,000 smallholders

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.

Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong holding an oil palm fruit bunch while having a discussion with smallholders.
25 Oct 2017 | 7:00 AM

Bright future for Sarawak pepper

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.

King of spices: The writer (right) being briefed by MPB director-general Dr Harry Entebang on the strength and special characteristics of Malaysian pepper.
11 Oct 2017 | 7:00 AM

Malaysian palm oil does not threaten orangutans

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?

Friendly face: Wira the orangutan was the mascot of the 16th Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
27 Sep 2017 | 7:00 AM

Industry 4.0: What does it behold for commodities?

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.

Valuable commodity: A worker using a tractor-grabber to collect oil palm fruit bunch in a plantation in Pulau Carey, Selangor.
16 Sep 2017 | 7:00 AM

Ethical labelling the way to go

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.

Act of denigration: The stick-on label on the back of a Lurpak butter container when peeled back says – ‘Contains no palm oil’.