New Year Message
As I fully appreciate this is a very busy time of year for us all, please let me begin by thanking you for taking a moment to read these few paragraphs of reflection on the past year and thoughts for the year to come.
It’s amazing how time flies! The year is nearly ending and 2013 has been a very memorable year for Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) in many ways, with key milestones in our journey. We could not have made these important milestones without the support of our stakeholders and partners in the private sectors, all of whom participated and worked with us in our journey towards achieving our goals. We are truly grateful for your continued support.
Looking back, for MRB we started 2013 with the pre commercialisation trials of the Automated Rubber Tapping System (ARTS) in the Sime Darby Bukit Pilah Estate, Bahau and this opened up many exciting opportunities for us. We launched the Projek Untuk Pribumi at Kampong Orang Asli Bukit Payung in Melaka and Kg Tuel, Gua Musang, Kelantan followed by the launching of the NKEA Seminar in Jasin, Melaka and in Ipoh, Perak. Another significant development was the review of the MRB strategies and the Malaysian Rubber Industry strategies together with the various associations and stakeholders. I would like to thank all the associations that supported us and attended our dialogues, exchanging valuable feedbacks and inputs. We are honoured that the associations were with us all the way and sincere in assisting MRB in ensuring this strategies are in line with the needs of the industry.
In May, we welcomed YB Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and YB Dato’ Noriah Kasnon, the Minister and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities. Mid-year, the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC) celebrated its 75th Anniversary and MRB organised the International Rubber Conference to mark this historic event in London. During MICCOS in October, we showcased our technologies that were ready for commercialisation uptake which include the i-klon and the Rites technology. The Scientific Economic Advisory Council (SEAC) was held in November and for a change the panel members were brought to visit the Integrated Processing Centre (IPC) as well as the field trials of ARTS in Kota Tinggi and the rubber area planted with RRIM 3001 clones.
On December 9, MRB signed the Memorandum of Agreement with the Project Delivery Partner KLIA Consult Services and KLIA Associates, KLIA Premier Holding’s subsidiary for the development of the five facilities in Sungai Buloh. A truly historic event as it paves the way for the start of a journey towards MRB achieving the status of a centre of excellence for rubber.
As 2014 dawns, we look forward to what the New Year has in store for us, especially in the construction of our five facilities in Sungai Buloh and the progress of NKEA.
MRB will build a new headquarters and other key facilities on the 535 acres on the Sungai Buloh land. The project will see the construction of a new headquarters, a research and development centre, a college, a rubber discovery museum centre and a business cluster.
These five facilities would extend MRB’s prime focus to be a centre for rubber research that would be recognised internationally. The entire project will be completed in phases starting from 2014 and to be completed by 30 Aug 2018.
On the NKEA, in 2014 three implementing agencies namely RISDA, LIGS and JPS will use RITeS and i-Klon at their nurseries. The RITeS and i-Klon are designed to monitor and track the sources of planting materials as well as to add value to the current process of screening rubber clones.
As for the One Nation Strategy, we look forward to the implementation of the strategies to ensure that core and other supporting activities of MRB are in tandem with the industry’s direction.
In closing, I wish all of you a happy new year and look forward to 2014 to achieve the goals that are being set.
Datuk Dr Salmiah Ahmad
Malaysian Rubber Board