Malaysian government wants rubber hub at Kedah
ERJ staff report (BC)
Jitra, Malaysia - The Malaysian federal government plans to transform Kedah state into a rubber hub by developing both upstream and downstream and upstream activities, said deputy international trade and industry minister Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, according to a Borneo Post report.
â€œThe proposal entails cultivating a 16,000 hectare rubber plantation from the Malaysian/Thai border to Baling,â€ Mahathir told reporters.
â€œI can foresee a high value-added rubber industry in the offing in Kedah. Currently, we are merely exporting natural rubber, but we can get higher revenue by exporting rubber-based products,â€ he said.
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