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" I Would Like to urge the private-sector to play a more significant role in this program , as it will provide additional timber supply to sustain the industry.... "

~ Dato' Sri Mohd. Najib Bin Tun Haji Abd. Razak

The National Timber Industry Policy or NATIP was officially launched by Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abd Razak, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia on 17 February 2009 at Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur. More than 500 guests attended the launching, which was hosted by Y.B. Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Malaysia. The guests included Y.A.B. Menteri Besar of Pahang, Y.B. Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industries, Members of Parliament and State Assemblymen, foreign Ambassadors and High Commissioners, senior federal and state government officials, captains of the timber industry, members of timber trade associations, the academia and the banking sector.

" A key factor in ensuring the competitiveness and sustainability of the wood-based industry is the transition to a knowledge-driven economy..."

~ Dato' Sri Mohd. Najib Bin Tun Haji Abd. Razak

Y.B. Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui presented to Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abd Razak an enlarged replica of the NATIP document to mark the launch of the policy. In conjunction with the ceremony, mock cheques were handed to eight companies which have come aboard the commercial-scale Forest Plantation Programme. An exhibition was also set up to portray the evolution and progress of the wood-based sector.

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    Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abd Razak, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia being welcomed by YB Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities at the entrance of PWTC

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    VVIPs standing to Negaraku at the opening of the ceremony

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    Y.B. Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities delivering his welcoming address

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    Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abd Razak, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia delivering his speech

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    Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak holding a replica of NATIP document

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    Recipients of the Forest Plantation Programme financing scheme posing with the VVIPs

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    A section of the distinguished guests attending the launching ceremony

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    More guests seen here, intently watching the launch proceedings

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    The Deputy Prime Minister speaking to a furniture manufacturer at the exhibition site

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    The Minister explaining on the development of the timber industry to YB Dato' Sri Adnan bin Haji Yaakob, Menteri Besar of Pahang

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    Gaharu is obtained from Karas tree..., says the exhibitor

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    VVIPs viewing an army vest manufactured using Kenaf fibre

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