MUAR: Malaysia’s furniture exports increased to RM10.13bil last year compared with RM9.52bil in 2016.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said wood-based furniture constituted RM8.05bil of the total exports.
“The United States is the largest importer of Malaysian furniture in 2017 valued at RM3.59bil, followed by Singapore (RM790.1mil), Japan (RM785.6mil), Australia (RM710.5mil) and the United Kingdom (RM476.1mil),” he said.
Mah said this at a briefing after the launch of the Muar Furniture Park and the Bumiputera Furniture Entrepreneur Scheme Programme (SuperBumi) in Bakri.
The launches were officiated at by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Daruk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong and Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
Mah said the SuperBumi programme, initiated by the Malaysian Timber Industry Board in strategic cooperation with the Muar Furniture Association, involved non-bumiputra furniture companies training bumiputra participants.
“The SuperBumi programme is a win-win situation. Last year, 10 participants were involved in the programme and this will increase to 100 in 2018.
“I am sure this programme will continue on a larger scale and I encourage more bumiputras to join SuperBumi,” he added.
Mohamed Khaled said Muar’s potential to emerge as a global furniture hub is increasing as there are now around 700 factories exporting 6,000 containers of furniture monthly.
He said the state government had undertaken a comprehensive initiative to strengthen the furniture industry here.
“The Government’s efforts to place all factories within the Muar Furniture Park is an integrated solution to the problem faced previously and this was achieved by establishing an industrial zone that is clean, orderly and according to standards.” — Bernama