It has taken Malaysia 59 years since Independence to achieve and sustain economic stability, prosperity and global recognition on many fronts. For the humble oil palm, the journey has been longer and just as challenging.
Introduced to Malaya as an ornamental plant, it soon proved its agricultural and economics credentials. This unique, versatile and highly productive oil bearing crop produces a crucial commodity – palm oil – on which global food security now strongly relies upon.
Commercial planting of Elaeis Guineensis Jacq. at Tennamaram Estate in Batang Berjuntai, Selangor, in 1917, laid the foundations for an economically viable palm oil industry. Over the last 100 years, its rapid and sustained development has also helped eradicate hardcore rural poverty, develop communities and townships, and spearhead global leadership in oils and fats research.
Malaysia today benefits from the palm oil industry’s contributions in terms of export earnings and substantial GDP contribution. This has long been backed by stringent domestic regulations, technological innovations, as well as industrial and environmental standards for a safe, high quality, trans fats- free commodity. And all this was achieved with a strategy that satisfies the country’s socio-economic needs, while preserving its environmental resource base.
The centennial celebration was launched by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak at Tennamaram Estate on 18 May 2017. During the event the commemorative stamps by Pos Malaysia and the 100 years of Malaysian palm oIl industry coffee table book entitled “The impossible task The incredible journey”, which is produced by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, was also launched.
Malaysian Palm Oil, Our Pride, Our Achievement.