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MEDIA STATEMENT

MINISTRY OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES
AGREEMENT ON ONE MILLION FOREST TREE PLANTING IN SABAH BETWEEN MALAYSIAN PALM OIL COUNCIL (MPOC) AND SABAH FORESTRY DEPARTMENT (SFD)

1. YB Teresa Kok, Minister of Primary Industries together with YB Datuk Christina Liew, Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah, today witnessed the agreement signing ceremony between the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) represented by Datuk Dr. Kalyana Sundram, Chief Executive Officer and Datuk Mashor Mohd Jaini, Chief Conservator of Forests, Sabah Forestry Department for and on behalf of the State Government of Sabah.

2. The agreement is signed to formalise the pledge from the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to collaborate with the Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) to plant one (1) million trees in Lower Kawag, part of Ulu Segama Malua Forest Reserve.

3. This initiative is implemented following the launch of the Love MY Palm Oil campaign which was officially launched by YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia on 24 March 2019. The campaign was launched to combat anti-palm oil campaigns that threaten the industry, particularly more than half a million smallholders.

4. Given the significant role of palm oil industry in Malaysia, the campaign aims to instil national pride and greater appreciation for Malaysian palm oil, focusing on its importance in socio-economic, health and nutrition, as well as food and non-food applications.

5. One Million Forest Tree Planting has been identified as one of the programmes under the campaign, which among others involves forest rehabilitation activities. The programme aims to plant 1,000,000 forest trees over a period of approximately ten (10) years. MPI and SFD have identified 2,500 hectares of degraded forest in Lower Kawag, Ulu Segama Malua Forest Reserve as the first site for the reforestation programme.

6. MPOC has been tasked to spearhead this replanting of forest tree species in collaboration with SFD. Funding will be outsourced from the Malaysian palm oil industry and any other suitable funder through MPOC as part of the industry’s CSR activities.

MINISTRY OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES
2 JULY 2019