KOTA KINABALU: Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau has proposed to the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) to set up a special division to solely study acacia mangium species.
He made the call as there is no specific study being done on acacia mangium which is an important timber resource in the South East Asia region.
“I proposed that FRIM to set up a division to solely study the acacia mangium as we don’t have a place to make reference when the species having diseases and other problems,” said Madius during a workshop on “Technology Transfer on Value-adding the Acacia Lumber from Sabah” at a hotel here yesterday.
Besides that, acacia is known to have difficulty to dry because of obvious wet pocket and more studies need to be done to find out its problem.
He also called on the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the industry to forge a collaboration to conduct research and development where they can share the same data and come up with a conclusion as both sides need to work together in order to move forward by adopting the national blue ocean strategy.-Sayangsabah