KUALA LUMPUR – The government will redouble efforts to boost awareness on the importance of the country’s oil palm industry to Malaysians from different backgrounds, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.
He said a continuous collective support must be fostered among children so they would carry on the glorious legacy of the industry, which was expected to remain a significant contributor to the country’s economy beyond the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) aspiration.
“The ministry is in the midst of drawing up the oil palm industry transformation (programme) under the TN50 plan.
“Therefore, an engagement session with youths is important to ensure that the industry continues to remain relevant and competitive in the face of continuing challenges,” Mah said at the launch of the “Negaraku Sawitku” programme at Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Aziz in Teluk Intan.
The programme is the second in a series after the one held at Sekolah Menengah Convent Kajang, Selangor last year, and it will be expanded to other schools with the cooperation of the Education Ministry.
The Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry added that the rapid progress of the oil palm industry had created jobs to more than three million Malaysians. – BERNAMA