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Commodities Today and Beyond


Commodities Today and Beyond

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.

Commodities Today and Beyond

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.

Commodities Today and Beyond

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.

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Viva La Baguette, but whither palm oil?

FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron has called for the baguette, a crusty long loaf of French bread, to be included on Unesco’s “intangible heritage” list, just like Naples’ pizza twirling art known as “pizzaiuolo”. Both foods are part of French and Italian daily life that are worth celebrating with the world, and if heritage listing provides due recognition, I say why not.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Commodities prosper the rakyat

PUAN Meriah Abdul Hadi lives with her daughter and son-in-law in Tangkak, Johor. For local travellers, this growing town is well-known as Syurga Kain (“Fabric Town”) in the 1970s and 80s, as well as a gateway to the mystical Gunung Ledang or Mount Ophir.

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Making rubber more elastic

Secured domestic latex supply, new growth areas key for the future.

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Justice for palm oil smallholders

OUR quest to secure justice for Malaysian palm oil smallholders is unfaltering.

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