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Standards are essential tools for industrial development and for the advancement of trade. It enhances industrial efficiency and technological development, as well as enforces regulations for public safety.

A standard is a document that establishes uniform engineering or technical specifications, criteria, methods, processes, or practices. Some standards are mandatory while others are voluntary.

As for the timber industry, the development of Malaysian Standards has been identified as one of the specific measures that has been given priority to further enhance the development of the timber industry. Standards for timber and timber products are developed in such a way that they are in alignment with the requirements imposed by the importing countries. This is to ensure that Malaysian timber products comply with international quality requirements in order to remain competitive in the global market.