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                                          VOL   16 NO 2 Mar - Apr 2010
                                                                 ISSN 1394 - 6196
                                           PUBLISHED BY MALAYSIAN TIMBER COUNCIL




1.1 Million Hectares of Malaysian Forests PEFC-Certified
Malaysia to Enforce New Wildlife Act in June 2010
Turning Old Buildings “Green”

Cover Story

A Wooden Abode in The City
editorial




                                                                       WoodMart 2010, to be held on 19-20 October 2010
                                                                       in Kuala Lumpur, would be a good springboard
            Kudos to the MTCS team, which                              for producers of all timbers (temperate, boreal and
                                                                       tropical) to get together and discuss a united way
            has facilitated the certification of                       forward. In fact, the American Hardwood Export
            more than one million hectares of                          Council (AHEC) is already on board as a partner
                                                                       organization for the MTC Global WoodMart 2010.
            Malaysian forests thus far.                                Such alliances could be fertile ground for the birth of
                                                                       a stronger voice for the timber industry, both in this
                                                                       region and globally. (Report on the launch of the MTC
            Dear Readers,                                              Global WoodMart 2010 is on pages 2-4.)

            For the past few years, the Malaysian Timber               The Malaysian Institute of Architects and the
            Certification Scheme (MTCS) has diligently worked          Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia recently
            towards international endorsement. Recently,               launched the new Green Building Index (GBI) Non-
            the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest                Residential Existing Building (NREB) Rating in April
            Certification Schemes (PEFC), in its endorsement           2010. Coming less than a year since the launch of
            of the MTCS, has paved the way for the latter to be        the GBI New Building Tool for Residential and Non-
            mutually recognised by 27 other PEFC-endorsed              Residential Buildings in May 2009, such a tool is a
            certification schemes worldwide. Kudos to the MTCS         timely solution for the majority of existing buildings in
            team, which has facilitated the certification of more      the country, whose owners might wish to incorporate
            than one million hectares of Malaysian forests thus        ‘green’ or eco-friendly features as part of their
            far. (Turn to pages 10-11 for our article on PEFC-         upgrading works. Besides breathing new life to aging
            certification of forest areas in Malaysia.)                and out-dated buildings, the NREB Rating will ensure
                                                                       that they have better indoor working qualities and
            Initially promoted by green NGO’s as a requirement         are more resource-efficient with low greenhouse gas
            to ensure sustainability of the forests, timber            emission. (For more details on the NREB Rating, turn
            certification has become a much-discussed topic            to pages 20-23).
            not only in the timber trade but also among policy-
            makers and the public. When it comes to the crunch,        Further on the subject of optimizing resources, Timber
            however, given a choice between timber certified as        Malaysia met a couple with an innate passion for
            sustainably sourced (which could be more expensive)        recycling old things and reusing age-old materials.
            and uncertified timber (which is cheaper and might         And the result? A complete transformation of their
            not necessarily come from unsustainable sources),          modern double-storey house in an urban residential
            there are no prizes for guessing which the consumer        area into a resort-like abode, using old timbers and
            would choose during the current global economic            materials. Through ingenious and creative recycling
            climate. Shouldn’t the green lobbyists complete            of age-old building materials, including windows,
            their job now by voraciously campaigning for better        doors, bricks, beams and roof tiles, the owners
            prices to be paid for certified timber? But perhaps        have successfully recreated the feel of a traditional
            timber producers themselves are to blame for the           Malay house in the city, reminiscent of bygone days
            current imbalanced debate on building materials. We        of village life. As one relaxes on a timber verandah,
            are much less united than, for example, the steel or       listening to the gushing water from a river behind the
            plastic producers, whose ‘green’ credentials are way       house, and birds chirping in the surrounding trees,
            below timber’s environmentally friendly characteristics.   one could almost be forgiven for thinking that this is a
            Perhaps we should learn from them on how best              place in some kampong far, far away from the hustle
            to organize ourselves in significantly balancing the       and bustle of the city. (Check out FOR THE LOVE OF
            ‘green’ debate. It is, thus, hoped that the MTC Global     WOOD section on pages 32-38.)

                                                                       Happy Reading!

                                                                       The Editor.




                                                                    The owners of this house took two years to collect old
                                                                    materials including entrance and room doors, windows,
                                                                    wall panels and furniture to incorporate into their modern
                                                                    double-storey house and transformed it into a resort-like
                                                                    abode, see pages 32-28.
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   2 Giving Wood Its Due Recognition
       NEWS
                                                   41 MIFF 2010 & EFEForum; Timber Lab;
                                                                 QUICK TAKES
                                                                       2010; Datuk Ismail
                                                    toAwang Forestry

   6 of Plantation Industries and
     Industry Dialogue with Minister                             Indiawood 2010; Woodshow 2010;

     Commodities
                                                   44            Uzbuild 2010; MTC Technology Study
                                                                 Mission to China; Domotex Asia /
                                                                 Chinafloor 2010

 8     Malaysia’s Biggest Furniture
       Grouping in The Offing
                                                   45 Ulu Bendol Recreational Forest,
                                                                AT ONE WITH NATURE



10 1.1 Million Hectares of Malaysian
                                                      Negeri Sembilan
   Forests PEFC-Certified


12 MIFFID2010 Opens Up New Avenue
   For Sector


15 FRIM and SIRIM QAS to Enhance
   Testing and Certification Services


16 Documenting The Flora of Peninsular
   Malaysia
                                                Green-retrofitting or retro-greening, with strategic incentives that the government


18 Malaysia2010 New Wildlife Act
                                                has put in place, will drive a new stimulus in Malaysia’s green economy.
            to Enforce                          See pages 20-23.
   in June


20 Turning Old Buildings “Green”
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24 Wood Flooring 2010 – Species and
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    Giving Wood Its Due Recognition

           Wood is undoubtedly the most environmentally friendly building
           material on earth. It is renewable as it is constantly growing.
           Unlike other materials such as plastic, wood can be disposed of,
           or recycled at the end of its useful life without detriment to the
           environment. Yet, due to misconceptions, wood gets so much
           bad publicity compared to other building materials.




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                                           raditionally, the global trade in wood products has been highly
                                           regionalised, with Europe and North America accounting for
                                           around 55 percent and 25 percent respectively, while Asia
                                           accounted for some 11 percent. In recent years, the global
                                     picture of trade in wood products has changed substantially with the
                                     emergence of China, the Russian Federation and Eastern Europe as
                                     major producers and traders.

                                     Likewise, traditional exporters of primary timber products in
                                     Southeast Asia have been changing into exporters of secondary
                                     processed products as a result of the development of processing
    “The MTC Global                  industries and resource constraints. This globalisation trend makes
                                     it important for all producers of wood and wood products, be they
    WoodMart will provide            tropical, temperate or boreal, to unite to prevent further demonising
    an opportune one-stop            of wood as a building material.
    trading platform for our         Such unification can also prevent strong trade lobbies for other
    timber industry as well as       materials from giving wood and wood product producers a run
    the timber players from          for their money. It is usually the ones with the strongest lobby that
                                     controls the global trade. A case in point is the steel lobby, which
    overseas.”                       is very strong globally. In Europe, the European steel industry body,
    - Tan Sri Bernard Dompok         EUROFER, recently urged EU regulators to prevent unfair competition
                                     and excessive pricing of iron ore.
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Tan Sri Bernard (centre) and MTC Chairman Tunku Osman Ahmad (left) showing the MTC Global WoodMart 2010 logo during the launch as Mr. Cheah looks on.




                                  This brings to mind the question: “How come there’s no unified body to fight for
                           the under-pricing of wood, given its widely acknowledged green credentials?” It is, as
                           such, timely for the international wood and wood product industry to come together and
                           participate in a global wood exhibition, where all timbers of temperate, boreal or tropical
                           species could be promoted under roof.

                           As a means to realise this objective, MTC recently launched its inaugural MTC Global
                           WoodMart 2010. To be held on 19-20 October 2010 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention
                           Centre, the show is a premier one-stop selling, buying and networking platform for
                           suppliers and buyers of timber products from Malaysia and around the world. Tropical
                           hardwoods, as well as temperate softwoods and hardwoods, will be showcased.

                           The Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, His Hon. Tan Sri
                           Bernard Dompok, who officially launched the show on 8 March 2010, said: “Despite the
                           global financial crisis, trade in timber products which amounted to US$235.1 billion in
                           2008 remains a significant contributor to overall world trade.

                           “In 2009, Malaysia exported a total of RM19.4 billion worth of timber products. In the
                           same year, the country’s import of timber products (excluding furniture) amounted to
                           RM1.1 billion. This indicates that Malaysia is not only a major exporter of timber products
                           but is also becoming a significant importer to supplement its domestic timber materials.
                           Thus, the MTC Global WoodMart will provide an opportune one-stop trading platform for
                           our timber industry as well as the timber players from overseas.”

                           MTC CEO, Mr. Cheah Kam Huan, said the event is expected to be held once every two
                           years and MTC hopes to get as many local and international exhibitors and participants
                           to experience the MTC Global WoodMart.

                           “One of MTC’s main objectives is to expand market opportunities for the Malaysian
                           timber industry. As such, it is actively helping industry members to penetrate global
                           markets, both traditional and emerging, through focused marketing and promotional
                           activities. Our mission is to ensure the sustainability of the Malaysian timber industry
                           by improving its competitiveness, enhancing market access and creating trade
                           opportunities,” he added.
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                               This is the first time that such an event has been organised in South East Asia
                       for international timber suppliers and buyers to meet and conduct business. Apart
                       from facilitating business among local and overseas suppliers, agents, distributors,
                       importers, manufacturers, wholesalers and others in the supply chain, the MTC Global
                       WoodMart 2010 will also help to promote and encourage the wider application and
                       use of timber from Malaysia as well as international sources.

                       Given the fact that Malaysia is one of the world’s largest producer and exporter of
                       tropical timber and timber products, the convergence of the global timber trade at the
                       Global WoodMart will conspicuously send a strong signal of solidarity in the industry
                       and give wood the recognition it duly deserves!


                       What The MGW 2010 Will Offer
                          A
                       •	 	 	wide	selection	of	tropical	and	temperate	hardwood	and	softwood	products	
                          such as logs, sawntimber, plywood and panel products, wooden flooring,
                          wooden decking, doors and windows, mouldings and furniture components.
                          A
                       •	 	 n	“Innovative	Products”	section	to	showcase	new	products	such	as	
                          bio-composite boards made of palm trunks, kenaf and rice husk.
                          A
                       •	 	 	fresh	vista	of	opportunities	for	Malaysian	timber	businesses	to	meet	global	
                          suppliers and buyers of timber products in Malaysia itself.


                       For more information, please contact the appointed fair organiser:
                       Fairs Connection Sdn. Bhd.
                       Suite 210, 2nd Floor Block A,
                       Kelana Square,
                       17 Jalan SS 7/26,
                       47301 Petaling Jaya,
                       Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
                       T: +60 3 7803 2276
                       F: +60 3 7803 3276
                       E: fairsconnection@gmail.com / cyfong@edaranfas.com

                       or register online: www.globalwoodmart.my




       Representatives from the Malaysian timber industry and foreign trade chambers based in Malaysia at the launch of MTC Global
       WoodMart 2010.
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     Industry Dialogue with
     Minister of Plantation Industries
     and Commodities

                   The Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities,
                   His Hon. Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, had a dialogue with
                   representatives of the Malaysian timber trade and industry on
                   8 March 2010 in Kuala Lumpur. More than 100 participants from
                   different sectors of the industry attended the dialogue, which was
                   held to coincide with the launch of the MTC Global WoodMart 2010
                   [scheduled to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre,
                   Malaysia, on 19-20 October 2010].




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                                                                             n the subject of labour, the dialogue highlighted the need
                                                                             for an increase in manpower needs, especially for skilled
                                                                             workers. Tan Sri Bernard acknowledged that adequate
                                                                             skilled manpower is required for the industry to achieve the
                                                                      goals of the National Timber Industry Policy (NATIP), a blueprint
                                                                      for the systematic long-term growth of the timber industry for the
                                                                      period 2009-2020 launched in February last year.

                                                                      According to the Minister, an effort towards addressing this issue
                                                                      is the provision of training. The Ministry, he said, is studying the
                                                                      possibility of launching an institute of technology to formalise and
                                                                      centralise all the courses and training provided by the Ministry’s
                                                                      agencies. The centralised courses endorsed by the Ministry will
    Tan Sri Bernard responding to a question raised during the
    dialogue. With him is the Deputy Secretary-General (I) of the     provide proper and certified training to equip workers with skills
    Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datin Paduka   which are relevant to the industry. In this regard, he called for
    Nurmala Abdul Rahim.                                              the industry’s assistance in providing clear indicators of their
                                                                      manpower needs, including their requirement for foreign labour.
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                                                      The dialogue also highlighted the surging trend in the use of using oil
                                               palm trunks in plywood production. The dialogue noted, however, that the
                                               UK market is not receptive to oil palm trunk processed plywood. The UK
                                               Timber Trade Federation (UK TTF) has labeled palm plywood as a composite
                                               instead of a wood-based product and has demanded a substantial price
                                               reduction for this product.

                                               To ensure that Malaysian manufacturers would not incur losses due to
                                               such misconception and bias judgement over oil palm trunks, the Minister
                                               said that the Ministry has approved funds for the research and promotion
                                               of palm plywood. He urged manufacturers to take advantage of the MTC
                                               Global WoodMart to promote palm plywood, which is a sustainable product
                                               produced with materials derived from oil palm plantations.

                                               The negotiation progress of the Malaysia-European Union (EU) Forest
                                               Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership
                                               Agreement (VPA) was also covered in the dialogue. Tan Sri Bernard stressed
                                               that as the FLEGT VPA is an important instrument to show that the country
                                               as a whole is observing standards on legality, it is imperative for all states and
                                               stakeholders in Malaysia to come together and negotiate as a team.

                                               The Minister reiterated that the signing of the VPA would send a strong
                                               message to the world, especially consumer countries in Europe, that
                                               Malaysia is serious about tackling the illegal trade of timber through a proper
                                               bilateral platform. He remained confident that the negotiation process would
                                               stay on track and the VPA would be concluded as planned.

                                               The dialogue also discussed several other issues including the recent hikes
                                               in freight charges and the appreciation of the Malaysian Ringgit against the
                                               US dollar, which have been major concerns to local exporters. Other issues
                                               called for the rebranding of Malaysian Rubberwood as well as its certification.
                                               Rubberwood is a plantation species in Malaysia and is a sustainable and
                                               an environment-friendly timber. The rebranding of Rubberwood is important
                                               to improve the overall image of Malaysian furniture, which utilises a lot of
                                               Rubberwood.

                                               The Minister assured the industry that all issues raised would be looked into
                                               by the Ministry.




Datuk Sheikh Othman Sheikh Abdul Rahman, Executive Chairman of the Malaysian Panel Products Manufacturers’ Association, raising an issue during the dialogue.
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    Malaysia’s Biggest Furniture
    Grouping in The Offing

                 Two of Malaysia’s leading furniture
                 groupings, the Malaysian Furniture
                 Industry Council (MFIC) and the
                 Malaysia Furniture Entrepreneur
                 Association (MFEA), are expected to
                 merge by year-end.
                                                                                Mr. Lor Lean Sen.




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                FEA President, Mr. Lor Lean Sen said the merged entity,
                which has yet to be named, will result in the creation of the
                country’s largest furniture grouping, contributing about 80%
                to 90% of the country’s total furniture production.

    Talks of a merger between the two national furniture associations
    started in 2005. According to Mr. Lor, the merger is progressing well
    and has received the endorsement of the federal government and its
    agencies like the Malaysian Furniture Promotion Council (MFPC), the
    Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) and the Malaysian Timber
    Council (MTC).



       Malaysia: Export of Furniture by Type, 2009
       Furniture Type                                Value (RM million)
       Wooden furniture
       •	Office	furniture                                   410.9
       •	Kitchen	furniture                                  530.1
       •	Bedroom	furniture                                1,358.0
       •	Seats	with	wooden	frames                         1,491.6
       •	Other	wooden	furniture                           2,454.0
       (A) Sub-Total: Wooden furniture                    6,244.6
       (B) Sub-Total: Furniture of other materials        1,377.4
       Total: All furniture types (A) + (B)               7,622.0

    Source: Department of Statistics Malaysia.
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Malaysia’s furniture export earnings have leapt by leaps and bounds in the last 10 years or so.




        MFIC has a direct membership of over 500 furniture manufacturers and
exporters, while MFEA has about 2,500 members comprising furniture makers,
suppliers and retailers. Under the MTIB Act 1990, the MFIC, being established
earlier, is represented on the boards of MTIB and MTC.

The overlapping roles of MFIC and MFEA are seen as the reason which has
prompted the government to ask the two bodies to merge. “By merging,
furniture industry players can stand united to solve problems like labour
shortage and secure cheaper exhibition rates at international trade shows,
which will boost our country’s exports,” said an industry observer.

Malaysia’s furniture export earnings have leapt by leaps and bounds in the last
10 years or so. In 2008, the industry’s exports rose to RM8.72 billion (US$2.7
billion) from RM8.55 billion (US$2.6 billion) in 2007.

For this year, the industry’s exports are targeted to hit RM10 billion (US$3.1
billion). Malaysia is now ranked among the top 10 furniture-exporting countries
in the world. Shipments to the US make up about 28% of total exports.



  Malaysia: Export of Furniture to Top Ten Destinations, 2009
  Destination                                                         Value (RM million)
  United States of America                                                  2,167.9
  Japan                                                                        808.3
  United Kingdom                                                               584.0
  Australia                                                                    514.6
  Singapore                                                                    509.3
  Canada                                                                       252.1
  United Arab Emirates                                                         230.4
  India                                                                        168.5
  Saudi Arabia                                                                 137.7
  The Netherlands                                                              131.4
  Other countries                                                           2,117.8
  Total                                                                     7,622.0

Source: Department of Statistics Malaysia.
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   1.1 Million Hectares of Malaysian
   Forests PEFC-Certified

                More than one million hectares of Malaysian forests have been
                certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest
                Certification schemes (PEFC). These forest areas, from four Forest
                Management Units (FMUs), successfully obtained the PEFC
                certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme
                (MTCS), which received endorsement from the PEFC in May 2009.




                                             T
                                                   he first two PEFC-certified FMUs in Malaysia are the Segaliud-
                                                   Lokan Forest Reserve in Sabah and the Negeri Sembilan FMU,
                                                   which have been awarded the PEFC Certificate for Forest
                                                   Management (Natural Forest) by the PEFC-notified certification
                                             body, SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. Both FMUs were accredited
                                             the certification against the requirements of the MTCS Malaysian
                                             Criteria & Indicators 2002 [MC&I(2002)] in December 2009.

                                             The other two FMUs are the Johor and Terengganu FMUs, which
                                             were also awarded the PEFC Certificate for Forest Management
   As an endorsed scheme, MTCC has been      (Natural Forest) against the requirements of the MTCS’s MC&I(2002).
   allocated a logo licence number           The PEFC-notified certification body for this award was SGS Malaysia
   (PEFC / 34-01-01) to use the PEFC logo
   for any related claims.                   Sdn. Bhd. These two FMUs became PEFC-certified in April 2010.

                                             The PEFC certificates issued to these four FMUs are valid for a three-
                                             year period subject to annual surveillance audit to ensure continued
                                             compliance of the FMUs with the requirements of the standard. With
                                             this certification, logs originating from these four FMUs as well as
                                             products manufactured from these logs by PEFC-certified Chain-of-
                                             Custody (CoC) companies are eligible to carry the PEFC logo.


         Backgrounder: PEFC (www.pefc.org)
         PEFC is a framework for the assessment and endorsement of national forest certification systems
         that have been developed based on internationally recognised requirements for sustainable forest
         management. Since its launch in 1999, PEFC has become the largest forest certification umbrella
         organisation covering national systems from all over the world, currently totaling more than 200 million
         hectares of certified forests.
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             Currently, a total of 10 FMUs covering 4.95 million hectares
        or 37% of the total Permanent Reserved Forest (PRF) in
        Malaysia have been certified under the MTCS, which is operated
        by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC). Besides
        the four PEFC-certified FMUs, the other six FMUs are Kedah,
        Kelantan, Perak, Selangor, Pahang and Anap Muput in Sarawak.

        As for PEFC CoC certificate holders, a total of 34 companies
        have been certified by the two PEFC-notified certification bodies
        (CBs) since the beginning of this year. SIRIM QAS International
        issued 13 certificates while SGS Malaysia issued 21 certificates.

        In addition, four Malaysian companies that have obtained
        certification directly under PEFC International previously will
        now come under the administration of MTCC since the PEFC-
        notified CBs under the MTCS have started to issue accredited
        CoC certificates. As of end March 2010, a total of 76 timber
        companies are holders of the PEFC certificate for CoC under the
        MTCS.

        The MTCS is the first tropical timber certification scheme in
        the Asia Pacific region, and the second in the world after the
        Gabonese Certification Scheme, to be endorsed by the PEFC.
        The endorsement is valid for a five-year period (2009-2014),
        with periodic review to ensure the continued compliance of the
        MTCS against the PEFC standard.                                      The PEFC endorsement gives assurance that forests
                                                                             certified under the MTCS are implementing the
        The PEFC endorsement shows that the various aspects of the           best management practices and contributing to the
                                                                             challenging efforts to achieve sustainable forest
        MTCS, such as the institutional arrangement and certification        management, particularly for tropical rainforests.
        standards used, have met the stringent requirements of the
        PEFC. It gives assurance that forests certified under the
        MTCS are implementing the best management practices and
        contributing to the challenging efforts to achieve sustainable
        forest management, particularly for tropical rainforests. With the
        endorsement, the MTCS is able to achieve mutual recognition
        with 27-other PEFC-endorsed certification schemes.


PEFC-Certified FMUs in Malaysia
 Name of FMU                             Area Certified (ha)        Issuance Date                     Expiry Date
 Segaliud-Lokan Forest Reserve                 57, 247            3 December 2009                2 December 2012
 Negeri Sembilan FMU                           154, 185           29 December 2009              28 December 2012
 Johor FMU                                     397, 392               1 April 2010                 31 March 2013
 Terengganu FMU                                499, 046               1 April 2010                 31 March 2013



    Backgrounder: MTCC (www.mtcc.com.my)
    MTCC was established to develop and operate a voluntary national timber certification scheme, now
    known as the MTCS, in order to provide independent assessments of forest management practices to
    ensure sustainable forest management in Malaysia as well as to meet the market demand for certified
    timber products.
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   MIFF 2010 Opens Up New
   Avenue for ID Sector
       The Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) 2010 returned for
       its 16th year on 2-6 March 2010 in Kuala Lumpur. Taking place over
       three venues - the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Putra World
       Trade Centre and MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Center - the
       fair attracted furniture buyers from all over the world looking for
       quality, style and reasonable pricing.




       Dream House Concept Sdn.Bhd.




       F
           or this year’s edition, MIFF incorporated a new exhibition
           entitled ‘ID Trends’ to reach out to local consumers by
           offering them an accessible platform where interior designers
           and contract manufacturers are located in one spot to offer
       consumers advice and answers to their lifestyle needs.
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Maxly Landscape Sdn.Bhd.




                                                    Shuang Yi Kitchen Sdn. Bhd.

                              Visitors were treated to many exciting activities at ID Trends. The ID Trends
                            Showcase gave them a chance to get a glimpse inside a home displaying
                           new and trendy products from participating exhibitors. Celebrity interior
                           designer Eric Leong presented some handy tips on ways to decorate a home.

                           There was also a string of product demos to introduce new products to the
                           audience. In addition, many visitors made use of the ID Square section to
                           get advice from talented interior designers, and took the opportunity to buy
                           products at discounted prices with the ID Trends Hot Deals promotion.

                           ID Trends, as such, was an event that took a step forward to create awareness
                           that interior design plays a vital role in the making of a desired home. Besides
                           that, it also gave opportunities to expose local exhibitors to the international
                           arena, which helped to create new business prospects for the exhibitors.

                           A case in point was Tropical Home & Lighting Sdn Bhd, whose representative
                           remarked, “We’ve only been selling our products locally, but some international
                           buyers approached us about providing lighting for a new airport project. We’re
                           in the midst of discussing with their subsidiary company which is based here,
                           and if it all works well, we’ll make our way there to take a look at the project.”

                           To encourage better booth presentation, all ID Trends exhibitors were
                           automatically entered into the ID Trends Best Presentation Award competition.
                           Three of the exhibitors were judged as winners for their effort in demonstrating
                           new ideas in the presentation of their products.

                           The winners were Dream House Concept Sdn Bhd, Maxly Landscape Sdn
                           Bhd and Shuang Yi Kitchen Sdn Bhd.

                           MIFF 2010 also launched a new competition, The Ideation Award, which was
                           open to all students undertaking design courses at Malaysian institutions. The
                           introduction of the award came at an appropriate time as the country had
                           recently launched the ‘Malaysia Innovative 2010’ campaign to encourage and
                           raise awareness on the need for greater innovation.
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                                                                      Qube.



       Ansome Seat.


                            Themed ‘Creativity, Innovation, Technology and Sustainability,’
                      students were required to design products that complemented the use of
                      technology introduced within the past five years like social media (Facebook,
                      MySpace, Twitter), laptops/netbooks, smart phones, flip video, games
                      consoles (X-Box, Playstation or Nintendo wii) or the iPhone, iPod and iPad.

                      A total of 48 entries from nine local colleges were received for this Award.
                      A Facebook page of 10 shortlisted entries was created, and 638 Facebook
                      friends, all following the design competition, voted for their favourites.

                      The 10 finalists then had to present their design concepts in front of the
                      judges during the final round of judging. Among the 10 finalists, the judges
                      were impressed by ‘Qube’, ‘Echair’, ‘Light & Furious’, ‘O-Tech’, ‘Go!’ and
                      the ‘Ansome Seat’. The latter won the first prize as the judges liked the quick
                      assembly chair that could be transformed into a workstation and then a
                      lounge chair within minutes.

                      The second winning entry went to ‘Qube’, a chair with a backrest which
                      swivels into a table. But it was a tie for the third prize, which went to ‘Go!’,
                      a lounge chair that acts as an exercise bicycle that generates electricity, and
                      ‘O-Tech,’ a video gaming chair which includes a storage unit and fold-out
                      lounge mat.

                      Chief Judge Ian Davies said, “The Ideation Award has demonstrated that we
                      have students with the design skills the furniture industry in Malaysia needs.
                      Let’s use this talent to take the Malaysian furniture industry forward with well-
                      designed, innovative products that have appeal in the global marketplace.”

                      The Ideation Award 2010 met its aims in discovering young talents in
                      furniture design when the panel of local and international judges opined that
                      all of the designs from the 10 finalists were exceptional designs, and that
                      these designers have a great future ahead.
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FRIM and SIRIM QAS to Enhance
Testing and Certification Services
  The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has formed a
  strategic partnership with SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. to
  enhance testing and certification services related to forestry and
  forest products.




                            Datuk Dr. Abdul Latif (4th from right) and Madam Khalidah Mustafa (4th from left) at the MOU signing.
                            Photo credit: FRIM.




                T
                     hrough a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on 3 March 2010, the
                     two organisations will share expertise as well as available testing facilities to
                     serve their clients more effectively. FRIM will be the testing body and SIRIM the
                     certification body.

                FRIM Director-General, Datuk Dr Abd. Latif Mohmood said the MOU was timely as
                the institute strives to provide the best possible service in the testing and certification
                of forest industry products as well as the verification of local timber products’ quality
                for both the local and foreign markets.

                “This is especially important considering that there are many trade barriers, which
                require Malaysian timber products to comply with standards set by importing
                countries. These standards include the Japanese Industrial Standard, Japan
                Agricultural Standard, CE Mark (Europe) and California Air Resources Board (CARB)
                Standard,” he added.

                The signing ceremony was held at the SIRIM headquarters in Shah Alam, Selangor
                with Datuk Dr. Abdul Latif Mohmod representing FRIM’s governing body, the
                Malaysian Forestry Research and Development Board, and Managing Director
                Madam Khalidah Mustafa for SIRIM QAS International.

                Industry members who are interested to have their products tested and certified can
                contact either FRIM (www.frim.org.my) or SIRIM (www.sirim-qas.com.my).
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   Documenting The Flora of
   Peninsular Malaysia
                 It has been more than half a century since the last Flora for
                 Peninsular Malaysia (Holttum, 1954, revised 1968, Flora of Malaya
                 2: Ferns) was published and much has changed in the fern world
                 since then, especially with the advent of molecular techniques. On
                 30 March 2010, the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
                 launched its latest landmark publication of this nature - Flora of
                 Peninsular Malaysia, Series I: Ferns and Lycophytes, Volume 1.




                                                        T
                                                               he publication of the Flora and associated publications was
                                                               made possible through funds provided by the Ministry of
                                                               Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). Through the
                                                               National Council for Scientific Research and Development,
                                                        MOSTI provided the financial support to enable the employment
                                                        and training of young taxonomists, field collection and herbarium
                                                        visits by both local and overseas collaborators. The project
                                                        was initiated to document biodiversity by providing reliable and
                                                        accurate accounts of plant families.

                                                        This publication, Series I, deals with ferns and lycophytes. Being
   Datuk Suboh officiating at the launch of the book.   locally based, the Flora includes precise ecological information
   Photo credit: FRIM.                                  and correct scientific naming based on examination of specimen
                                                        types. The Flora has also incorporated four new features not
                                                        included in many Floras, namely:
                                                        •	distribution	maps	(unless	the	species	is	widespread	and	
                                                        common);
                                                        •	conservation	status	of	the	species	in	Peninsular	Malaysia;
                                                          s
                                                        •		 pecimen	identification	lists	online	(http://www.chm.frim.gov.my);	
                                                          and
                                                        •	colour	photographs.	

                                                        By compiling botanical information for specific groups within
                                                        one volume, the Flora aims to provide baseline information
                                                        that is essential for the management and conservation of plant
                                                        biodiversity that is Peninsular Malaysia’s natural heritage.
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          This fern volume covers about a sixth of the fern and lycophytes flora,
   which accounts for nine families, 21 genera and 100 species. Three families have
   been revised by FRIM staff, five by taxonomists in three local universities and with
   international collaboration. The next volume, Series II, includes gymnosperms and
   flowering plants.

   Officiating the launch of the book at FRIM in Kepong, Chairman of FRIM’s governing
   body, the Malaysian Forestry Research and Development Board (MFRDB), Datuk
   Suboh Mohd Yassin said the documentation of Flora is crucial as it provides
   decision-makers with information required for the fulfillment of the country’s
   commitments in line with the National Biological Diversity Policy.

   He also expressed gratitude to MOSTI for its continued support of the flora projects.
   Also present were MOSTI’s Evaluation and Monitoring Section Head Mat Yaacob
   Mohamad, FRIM Director General Datuk Dr. Abdul Latif Mohmod and several
   MFRDB members.

   In conjunction with the launch, a seminar on “Flora of Malaysia” was also held,
   where four of the leading researchers of the Flora of Peninsular Malaysia project
   shared updates on the project status, findings, challenges and achievements.




   Datuk Dr. Abdul Latif getting his personal copy authographed by the editors of the book.
   Photo credit: FRIM.



Brief Facts

Title                              : Flora of Peninsular Malaysia - Series I: Ferns and Lycophytes, Volume 1
Editors                            : BS Parris, R Kiew, RCK Chung, LG Saw and E. Soepadmo
Year of publication                : 2010
ISBN                               : 978-967-5221-24-8
Contents                           : 268 pages
Covers (Hard)                      : 4 pages
Price per copy                     : RM80 (Malaysia) / US$60 (Overseas)
To purchase, contact               : Forest Research Institute Malaysia
                                     52109 Kepong
                                     Selangor
                                     Tel: +60 3 6279 7000
                                     Fax: +60 3 6273 1314
                                     Website: http://www.frim.gov.my
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   Malaysia to Enforce New Wildlife
   Act in June 2010
         Malaysia’s new Act, to control the international trade of species listed
         under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
         of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and to ensure Malaysia’s compliance
         towards CITES obligations, will be enforced in June 2010.




   T
        he Ministry of Natural Resources and
        Environment, Malaysia said in a statement that
        the new International Trade in Endangered
                                                                                Datuk Douglas Uggah.
        Species Act 2008 (INTESA) was gazetted to
   come into force on 28 December 2009. The Ministry
   has announced a six-month grace period, which is
   applicable throughout Malaysia, effective from the
   date of enforcement of the Act until 28 June 2010.

   The grace period is aimed at providing smooth
   transition as well as ample time for the relevant
   government departments and agencies to enhance
   their understanding and knowledge on INTESA to
   ensure full and smooth implementation of the Act
   after the grace period.




                            The omnivorous slow loris (Nycticebus coucang) is
                            one of many dispersing agents that help in forest
                            species propagation.
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                                 During the grace period, the enforcement on import, export and
                           re-export activities of CITES listed species at entry/exit points will be
                           in accordance with CITES rules and regulations, through which CITES
                           permits are required. Non-compliance will be subjected to legal action.

                           Private owners who have in their possession CITES listed species that
                           were attained before the enforcement of INTESA may apply for special
“The enforcement of        permission letters from the relevant Management Authorities from 17
the Act is one way to      February 2010 to 28 June 2010. The issuance of these letters is subject
                           to terms and conditions determined by the Management Authorities.
enable ministry officers
to come down hard on       The Malaysian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, His Hon.
poachers and smugglers     Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas, said: “The enforcement of the Act is one
                           way to enable ministry officers to come down hard on poachers and
of protected and           smugglers of protected and endangered species.”
endangered species.”
- Datuk Douglas Uggah.     On accusations of Malaysia being a hub for illegal export of endangered
                           species, he lamented the publication of such baseless accusations. “As
                           far as we are concerned, we have been proactive in monitoring such
                           activities,” he said.

                           One of the measures to curb illegal export of endangered species is the
                           tightening of procedures in the issuance of permits. “Now, we have set
                           up a committee, chaired by me, to approve all these permits. We will
                           make sure that all things are properly vetted,” he added.


                           Questions related to INTESA may be directed to the Management Authorities
                           as follows:
                           •	Department	of	Wildlife	and	National	Parks	Malaysia	(www.wildlife.gov.my)
                           •	Department	of	Fisheries	Malaysia	(www.dof.gov.my)
                           •	Department	of	Agriculture	Malaysia	(www.doa.gov.my)
                           •	Malaysian	Timber	Industry	Board	(www.mtib.gov.my)
                           •	Sabah	Wildlife	Department	(www.sabah.gov.my/jhl)
                           •	Sabah	Fisheries	Department	(www.fishdept.sabah.gov.my)
                           •	Sarawak	Forestry	Department	(www.forestry.sarawak.gov.my)		




                           The tawny leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), which is found in the forest, plantations and garden, is notorious
                           as a chicken thief.
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    Turning Old Buildings “Green”

            Malaysia’s latest Green Building Index (GBI) Rating Tool, for
            Non-Residential Existing Buildings (NREB), was launched
            on 26 April 2010 by the Malaysian Minister of Energy, Green
            Technology and Water, His Hon. Datuk Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui.
            The event marked the beginning of another important chapter in
            the country’s transformation towards sustainable living.




                       T
                            he GBI is Malaysia’s industry-recognised green rating tool for buildings to
                            promote sustainability in the built environment and raise awareness among
                            developers, architects, engineers, planners, designers, contractors and the
                            public about environmental issues and responsibility to future generations.

                       The GBI is developed specifically for the Malaysian tropical climate, environmental
                       and developmental context, culture and social needs and is created to:
                         D
                       •		 efine	green	buildings	by	establishing	a	common	language	and	standard	
                         of measurement;
                         P
                       •		 romote	integrated,	whole-building	designs	that	provides	a	better	
                         environment for all;
                       •	Recognise	and	reward	environmental	leadership;
                         T
                       •		 ransform	the	built	environment	to	reduce	its	negative	environmental	impact;	and	
                         E
                       •		 nsure	new	buildings	remain	relevant	in	the	future	and	existing	buildings	are	
                         refurbished and upgraded to improve the overall quality of building stock.




                                    Datuk Sri Peter Chin (centre) launching the GBI NREB. With him are Ar. Boon Che Wee, President of the
                                    Malaysian Institute of Architects (left) and Ir. Dr. Abdul Majid Datuk Abdul Kassim, President of the Association of
                                    Consulting Engineers Malaysia. Photo credit: GREENBUILDINGINDEX SDN. BHD.
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          Formulation of this new rating began as soon as GBI and the two
  earlier ratings, for Residential New Construction and Non-Residential
  New Construction, were launched on 21 May 2009. This was in
  response to the industry’s feedback, and with sustainability compliance
  becoming a major priority in the property tenancy market now and in the
  future, the urgency is understandable.

  This new rating is, as such, a timely and essential guide for owners of
  existing property to re-condition and “future-proof” the country’s existing
  stock of buildings to meet 21st century environmental performance
  standards. The new rating is also meant for these properties to be
  “future-ready” and remain competitive against newer developments in
  the long-term.

  In the process, green-retrofitting or retro-greening, will also regenerate a
  new life and a fresh appeal for existing buildings. This, together with the
  widely known productivity, operational and maintenance benefits that
  come with the new environmental credential, will undoubtedly lead to
  progressive rental appreciation and increase in asset value.

  These benefits, in combination with the strategic incentives that the
  government has already put in place, will see retro-greening driving
  a new stimulus in Malaysia’s green economy, and a new economic                 Ken Bangsar - Gold provisional GBI
  multiplier of the country’s construction and property industry.                certification recipient.


  Most importantly, with existing buildings and their communities
  continuing to contribute over 40% of green house gases to the
  environment, the GBI Existing Building Rating will unlock a new and
  significant capacity in carbon reduction to meet Malaysia’s commitment
  to the world.

  In his keynote address, Datuk Sri Peter Chin believed that the GBI would
  enable developers and building owners to design and construct more
  sustainable buildings, adding that it is a profession-driven initiative to
  lead the property industry towards becoming more environment-friendly.

  “Sustainability and the environment are issues that are very important
  to the government. The Malaysian government has earmarked Green
  Technology as a new driver for economic growth of the country.
  Green Technology offers enormous opportunities and potential in
  economic regeneration, innovation and wealth creation. It can create a
  revolutionary impact on our lives and reduce Malaysia’s carbon footprint
  while enhancing environmental sustainability,” he added.

GBI NREB POINTS ALLOCATION TABLE
 Part       Item                                           Maximum Points
 1          Energy Efficiency                                     38
 2          Indoor Environmental Quality                          21
 3          Sustainable Site Planning & Management                10
 4          Materials & Resources                                 9
 5          Water Efficiency                                      12
 6          Innovation                                            10
                                            Total Score          100
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            S11 House - PLATINUM provisional GBI certification recipient.




                    With the launch of the new rating tool, environment-conscious as well as business-
            conscious owners of buildings in Malaysia will now have a “checking tool” to help them work
            towards upgrading and retro-fitting their buildings. By applying for this GBI certification, they
            will also enjoy the tax incentives provided by the government to promote the development of
            “green” buildings, said Datuk Sri Peter Chin.

            In congratulating the Malaysian Institute of Architects and the Association of Consulting
            Engineers Malaysia for developing this GBI rating tool within a short time, he said that he was
            encouraged by the fact that Malaysian architects and engineers are at the forefront of these
            initiatives to green Malaysia.

            During the event, the Minister also presented provisional GBI certificates to property owners
            and developers whose projects have been assessed by accredited GBI certifiers to qualify for
            GBI Malaysia - Platinum, Gold, Silver or Certified ratings based on points achieved.

            The assessment process involves an assessement at Design Stage leading to the award
            of a provisional GBI rating certificate. This is followed by a Completion and Verification
            Assessement (CVA) upon project completion. The final award is given only after the
            completion of the CVA. Buildings will have to be re-assessed every three years in order to
            maintain their GBI rating to ensure that the buildings are well-sustained.


            KRC Sales Gallery - CERTIFIED provisional GBI certification recipient.
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GBI CLASSIFICATION
  Points                                    GBI Rating
  86+                                       Platinum
  76 to 85                                  Gold
  66 to 75                                  Silver
  50 to 65                                  Certified




           INCENTIVES FOR BUILDINGS OBTAINING GBI CERTIFICATE

Tax Exemption
   A
•	 	 ny	person	who	incurs	qualifying	expenditure	(QE)	to	obtain	GBI	certification	for	a	building	
   used for his business qualifies for tax exemption. This tax incentive provides exemption on the
   statutory income which is equivalent to 100% of that expenditure.

   Q
•	 	 E	means	an	additional	expenditure	(known	as	the	Green	Building	Cost	Sum)	incurred	in	
   relation to construction of a building, alteration, renovation, extension or improvement of an
   existing building. The exemption can be up to 100% of statutory income for each year of
   assessment.

   A
•	 	 ny	unutilised	QE	can	be	carried	forward	to	subsequent	years	of	assessment	until	the	amount	
   is fully exempted. This tax exemption only applies once for each building certified from 24
   October 2009 until 31 December 2014.

   T
•	 	 he	types	of	tax	incentive	mutually	exclusive	to	this	tax	exemption	are	addressed	in	the	
   guidelines issued by Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia (Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia).

Stamp Duty Exemption
   T
•	 	 he	stamp	duty	exemption	provides	exemption	on	instruments	of	transfer	of	ownership	of	
   buildings and residential properties acquired from property developers and awarded GBI
   certificate. The exemption is on the additional cost of the property incurred to obtain the GBI
   certificate. The exemption is only given for the first transfer of ownership of the building and for
   sales and purchase agreements executed from 24 October 2009 until 31 December 2014.

Once certified, applicants can claim for the tax exemption or stamp duty exemption in their annual
Income Tax return forms. The GBI certificate has to be kept for audit purposes by Lembaga Hasil
Dalam Negeri Malaysia.

For further information on the GBI, please go to: www.greenbuildingindex.org


3 Harmoni - CERTIFIED provisional GBI certification recipient.
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   Wood Flooring 2010 –
   Species and Sustainability
    By Michael Buckley MPhil, FIWSc.
    First published in FDM Asia, March 2010.




            Wood flooring is fashion, specifically hardwood flooring, and until
            recently had seen a sustained upward consumption trend in Asia’s
            main export markets of USA and Europe. Now consumption is
            well down in Europe and depressed in the States. Asian markets
            meanwhile are consuming more and there is every indication
            that China’s continuing economic development will sustain its
            manufacturers. For 2010 and the future, the question is whether
            the world can produce enough hardwood material to supply the
            potential growth of flooring which remains enormous.




                                                I
                  Mr. Michael Buckley.                n the USA real wood flooring is the norm, whereas
                                                      in Europe wood still only accounts for less
                                                      than 6% of floor coverings by area, in terms of
                                                      new installations (consumption). The European
                                                Federation of Parquet Flooring (FEP) estimates that its
                                                members’ woodbased flooring sales dropped by 7% in
                                                2008 and by 15% in 2009. Does this have anything to
                                                do with the sustainability of hardwood raw material? Not
                                                really, for several reasons!
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                          Firstly in both the USA and the EU there is overwhelming evidence that
                   the main flooring species used are highly sustainable temperate hardwoods
                   – particularly oak. This “king” of temperate species grows right across North
                   America, throughout Europe, in much of Russia, northern China, and in Japan and
                   Korea. Oak resources are huge.

                   Secondly many consumers are coming to understand that hardwood forests can,
                   and are, being managed sustainably and that the environmental credentials of
                   real wood are better than those of many of its competitors – especially in flooring.
                   The leading products by consumption in Europe, for example, are still textiles
The boom in new    (carpets and rugs) and ceramics both of which leave a significant environmental
condominiums       footprint. High in market share also is (plastic) laminate flooring partly derived
                   from non-renewable hydrocarbons. This is not to be confused with engineered
in Hong Kong       wood flooring, often referred to as “laminated” (wood) flooring. Much of the
and Singapore,     textile flooring products used in such markets as UK are synthetic oil derivatives,
and increasingly   although some are natural fibre. So one might ask what limits the wood flooring
                   market from further development, which its small 6% share indicates could still be
in Jakarta,        possible.
Kuala Lumpur
                   As always cost comparison is important, but in the case of flooring so are
and Saigon, all    installation and performance in use. These in turn influence consumer attitudes
demonstrate the    and in this respect the USA leads Europe in the sense that more American
                   consumers see wood as the natural material for flooring. In Asia, aesthetics,
importance of      cost and performance are also critical. But what binds all these important world
wood floors.       markets together is undoubtedly the ‘look’ or image of wood.




                   Many consumers are coming to understand that hardwood forests can, and are,
                   being managed sustainably and that the environmental credentials of real wood
                   are better than those of many of its competitors – especially in flooring.



                   The boom in new condominiums in Hong Kong and Singapore, and increasingly
                   in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Saigon, all demonstrate the importance of wood
                   floors - where the majority of “show” apartments, or flats, feature wood floors as
                   an attractive selling point. Do consumers think about sustainability of flooring when
                   making their decisions?

                   Anecdotal evidence suggests that in most markets they are less concerned with
                   sustainability of flooring material than they are of their other purchases. However
                   in the public construction sector, such as sports halls and leisure facilities, most
                   architects, designers and many specifiers are very environmentally concerned on
                   behalf of their clients.
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   The world’s forests
   in USA, Europe
   and tropical
   countries offer
   a huge choice
   of species that
   are suitable for
   flooring.




                         Maple, merbau, wenge, iroko and ipe, as well as walnut, hickory and ash all provide a wealth of
                         colours, grains and patterns for flooring.



                                As in all fashions and trends the question of choice is paramount, for
                         consumers can be fickle and unpredictable, but always demand choice. For
                         hardwood flooring there is no problem here. The world’s forests in USA, Europe
                         and tropical countries offer a huge choice of species that are suitable for flooring.
                         But as I suggested at the recent AHEC industry conference presentation in
                         Athens, there are four main commercial hardwoods of major significance in the
                         world – oak, beech, teak and the mahoganies. All are suitable for flooring from a
                         technical point of view, along with many others.

                         For example, maple, merbau, wenge, iroko and ipe, as well as walnut, hickory
                         and ash all provide a wealth of colours, grains and patterns for flooring. In
                         addition there are very many other lesser-known species from South America,
                         Indochina and Africa. But here there is another angle on sustainability.
                         Manufacturers need to be guaranteed sustainable supplies of raw material in
                         order to invest in technical trialling, tooling, finishing processes and marketing
                         for any new or “limited” available species to make it worthwhile. In this sense
                         sustainability takes on a different meaning. The net result is a tendency for
                         manufacturers only to use those species that are sustainable – as commercial
                         sense.

                         Globally oak is now the dominant species for real wood flooring as it has been
                         for many years. It is estimated to represent about two thirds of the American
                         market, with red oak preferred. According to FEP in Europe “The usage of wood
                         species in 2008 indicates that oak is advancing further to reach 57.6% of the
                         total, tropical wood species are regressing but only slightly compared to last year
                         to 14.7%; ash is losing ground and falling to 7%, whereas beech remains stable
                         at 6.5%.”

                         Teak is highly important, especially in Asian markets. Flooring which allows the
                         use of narrow widths and short pieces enables greater log yield for plantation
                         teak which is an environmentally sound use of any hardwood. The same can be
                         said for beech – a species constantly seeking applications for its lower grades
                         and smaller pieces.
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                                               The reference by FEP to tropical species encompasses a huge number of
                                               species ranging from the highly popular merbau, now under resource pressure,
                                               to lesser-known South American species found inconsistently in natural
                                               forests. What stands out clearly from the FEP data is the fact that excluding
                                               tropical species in 2008 oak (red & white), ash and beech – just three species -
                                               accounted for 84% of the non-tropical species consumed in Europe.

... in the longer                              Having looked at the issue of sustainable material, the question of market
                                               sustainability for the flooring industry is also worth an analysing. This is a market
term, there is no                              that has seen many changes in technology, huge investment in plant, major
reason to believe                              efforts in marketing and sustained growth in Europe and the USA production,
that wood flooring                             at least until the global downturn. It has also seen potential disruption from
                                               significant changes in China after government intervention there as well as cost
demand will do                                 increases in oak supplies. Flooring is linked mainly to residential new-build and
anything other                                 public projects, with renovation an additional but important sector. The first two
                                               have been seriously damaged by the global recession. What is also worrying is
than increase.                                 that in these two sectors new projects are down in 2009/10 and so their flooring
                                               demand is likely to ease at the later fit-out stage when it comes. In renovation,
                                               demand is reported strong but nowhere enough to sustain the manufacturing
                                               capacity as currently installed.

                                               After visiting the recent Domotex flooring show in Germany, Rupert Oliver
                                               of Forest Industries Intelligence in UK said “Overall the impression was of
                                               an intensely competitive flooring industry struggling with much reduced
                                               consumption and excess capacity at the low and medium end of the market, but
                                               with continuing optimism at the higher and more specialist end of the market.”
                                               Visiting from Hong Kong, John Chan AHEC Director for China confirmed the
                                               importance of oak and walnut and flagged up the emergence of bamboo as a
                                               flooring material.

                                               So in the near term prospects seem to be not that good for 2010/11, but in
                                               the longer term there is no reason to believe that wood flooring demand will
                                               do anything other than increase. What species will be in fashion is anyone’s
                                               guess but there is little doubt that oak will be up there – simply by virtue of its
                                               sustainability as a raw material.




      Flooring is linked mainly to residential new-build and public projects, with renovation an additional but important sector.
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    Flooring Offerings from
    Down Under

                               Trueloc began as a family-owned business in 1995 in
                               Melbourne, Australia, initially sourcing for engineered
                               hardwood flooring, from selected manufacturers, for
                               sale in Australia and New Zealand. Having charted
                               early success with selling flooring, made based on
                               conventional technology, Trueloc began pioneering the
                               use of glue-free locking technology in 2001. It became
                               the 1st flooring company in Asia to be licensed to
Mr. Nagaraja Jeganathan.
                               manufacture and sell the Valinge Innovation’s patented
                               system, which comes with a lifetime warranty.




                                 I
                                     n 2005, the company decided to start its own manufacturing in
                                     China. This, however, did not go as planned due to many unresolved
                                     technical issues. It was then that the company considered Malaysia as
                                     a manufacturing base, and began its operations in the state of Selangor,
                                 Malaysia in 2008. Timber Malaysia caught up with Mr. Nagaraja Jeganathan,
                                 Director and Senior Technical Manager of Trueloc International Sdn Bhd
                                 (Trueloc), to find out more about their wooden flooring operations and
                                 offerings.


                           TM What is your perception of howpotential growth in the itself to
                              wood flooring market, and
                                                         the
                                                             is Trueloc positioning
                                                                                     global

                                 take advantage of this growth?

                           NJ    Wood flooring is already quite popular in markets like the USA, Australia
                                 and New Zealand. In Europe, however, wood flooring still accounts for only
                                 6% of the floor covering market so there is plenty of growth potential. Asia,
                                 compared to the rest of the global markets, has only recently seen wood
                                 flooring come into fashion in the last five to six years, and major developers in
                                 countries like China, UAE, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Vietnam
                                 could be credited for popularizing the use of wood flooring in residential
                                 properties.
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      Trueloc’s main markets have always been Australia and New Zealand. But
      with our newly established manufacturing plant in Malaysia, we are currently
      promoting our products in Europe, the Middle East and the USA. Only recently,
      we participated in the Dubai Woodshow together with MTC, and it turned out
      to be a highly fruitful show for us.


TM Basedare the main concerns of atoMiddle East buyermarket,
   what
         on your recent exposure the Middle East
                                                     who is
      considering buying wood flooring?

NJ    The Middle East is a big market, particularly with the major development
      projects in not just the UAE, but also countries like Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
      Cost, quality and sustainability of supply are still major factors in determining
      whether the buyers will buy your product. A 300-unit condominium project
      with a standard specification of wood flooring for the bedrooms and main
      living areas alone will require a total of at least 50,000m² of flooring. Quality
      and species are, of course, important but the question of supply is of prime
      consideration. You cannot have one particular colour of flooring for half the
      condo block and another colour / species for the other half!

      As for sustainability in terms of green credentials, I feel that this is more
      NGO-driven than consumer-driven. Our current world’s agenda often depends
      on who has the strongest lobby and the best-financed communications
      programme.




      Trueloc (Malaysia) currently employs 100 workers and its factory in Banting has an installed capacity of 500,000 m 2 per annum.




TM Theredoesnumeroushave in ensuring that it can compete
   edge
        are
             Trueloc
                     flooring manufacturers regionally. What

      globally in a highly competitive industry, especially in the face
      of a plethora of low cost flooring producers in Asia?

NJ    We have developed and produced a state-of-the-art vacuum dryer that can
      dry difficult and sensitive timbers in a much shorter time compared to a
      conventional kiln dryer. Timbers can be dried in the vacuum dryer within five
      days compared to 30 days in a normal kiln. Vacuum drying also results in better
      stability of the timber as the heat utilized is less than 80 º Celsius. This shortens
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                      the overall production time considerably and results in much better quality control due
                      to the improved stability of the timber.

                      Trueloc is also a licensee of the 2G-click patented Välinge Innovation system from
                      Sweden. Valinge Innovation pioneered the concept of glue-free floorings in 1994.
                      The company’s worldwide-patented technology introduced a speedy and easy way
                      of installing floorboards mechanically, without using glue. Since 2006, Trueloc has
                      also obtained the 5G-end locking profile technology licence. The 5G system shortens
                      flooring installation time by 20 – 30%, saving time and, by extension, costs especially
                      in countries where labour costs are high, and the people have generally adopted a
                      Do-It-Yourself culture.

                      Trueloc (Malaysia) currently employs 100 workers and our factory in Banting has an
                      installed capacity of 500,000m² per annum. We are now producing about 200,000m²
                      per annum.

                      Our R&D capability is also our strength. We keep looking into the innovation of new
                      types of flooring to avoid competing in the “standard flooring” market. And as Trueloc
                      has been in the flooring business for 15 years, the reputation and branding that we
                      have built up is also our strong feature.


                TM Not many businesseswhich began inof2008,effectsyet Trueloc decided
                   economic downturn
                                       were spared the
                                                            and
                                                                   of the global

                      to set up operations in Malaysia in 2008. Since then, what have
                      been your biggest challenges?

                NJ    60% of our products are made from Rubberwood, and although Rubberwood is
                      plantation wood that can easily be re-grown, some markets have begun to demand
                      certified products. Other species of timbers that we use for the bottom and top layers
                      of flooring are sourced from sustainably grown forests. The option of using certified
                      pine is there but it is not cost-effective. For industries like ours, at the end of the




                      Continuous R&D on processes and automation is also high on Trueloc’s agenda.
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                                                                                    day, cost-effectiveness is still the number one
                                                                                    priority. Customers can say they want certified
                                                                                    products, but they need to realize that certification
                                                                                    costs money, and ultimately the additional cost will
                                                                                    be passed on to them. As far as we know, there
                                                                                    has been little or no premium for certified products
                                                                                    in most markets, so we sometimes wonder
                                                                                    whether the demand for certified products is really
                                                                                    consumer-driven or mainly NGO-led. Perhaps
                                                                                    MTC could do a study on this.

                                                                                    The other challenge we are facing is the shortage
                                                                                    of quality labour. Then again, this is a big issue
                                                                                    not only for us but for many other industries in
                                                                                    Malaysia so let’s not even discuss that.

                                                                                    Then there is, of course, the global economic
                                                                                    downturn. Consumer confidence in the major
                                                                                    markets has not really returned to pre-2008 levels,
                                                                                    and this has impacted prices at the wholesale and
60% of Trueloc’s products are made from Rubberwood. Other species of timbers used   retail end. But the prices of raw materials have
for the bottom and top layers are sourced from sustainably grown forests.           not decreased. So we need to ensure that our
                                                                                    operations are really cost-effective to cushion the
                                                                                    impact on our profit margin. We are constantly
                                                                                    on the lookout for alternatives that can result in
                                                                                    cost-savings in the long run. Continuous R&D
                                                                                    on processes and automation is also high on
                                                                                    Trueloc’s agenda.




            High-Tech Flooring, Made-in-Malaysia
            Many of us actually enjoy walking barefoot without even realizing it. For many people, walking barefoot epitomises
            freedom, the lightness of being, and the joy of simplicity. Walking barefoot on the cooling green grass or soft earth
            is a wonderful exercise for re-connecting with Mother Earth and harmonising the human spirit. But what if you
            couldn’t have access to the outdoors? Then the next best thing is to have something natural in your home, and the
            elegant solution lies in wood-based flooring, as Trueloc knows only too well.

            Trueloc specialises in manufacturing single plank three-layer hardwood flooring. Its range of products consists of
            TL4000 (90 mm width), TL6000 (136 mm width) and TL8000 (185 mm width). All the series have standard lengths
            (1,740 or 2,240 mm) and thickness (13 mm), and as this facilitates the production process.

            Trueloc uses mainly Australian species (Ash, Forest Red, Spotted Gum, Jarrah, Tasmanian Oak, Black Butt),
            Malaysian Merbau and American White Oak for the top layer of the flooring. Rubberwood is used as the centre
            core layer whereas Spruce is employed for the bottom layer. All products feature the 2G-click patented Vallinge
            Innovation system. Since 2006, Trueloc has also obtained the 5G-end locking profile technology licence. The 5G
            system shortens flooring installation time by 20 – 30%, saving time and, by extension, costs especially in countries
            where labour costs are high and the Do-It-Yourself culture is the norm. In fact, both the 2G and 5G systems are
            also user-friendly, enabling owners to install the flooring themselves if they wish to.
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A Wooden Abode in The City

Transforming a new modern contemporary house into a wooden abode
takes more than just money and sourcing for wooden materials from
old dwellings. TIMBER MALAYSIA finds out from the owners of such a
house in Ara Damansara, an urban residential area on the outskirts of
Kuala Lumpur, on what inspired them to transform their new home into a
wooden abode that is reminiscent of an idyllic past.
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   The guest chalet, which showcases 80-year-old windows and large double doors found in old Chinese manor houses.




                                                                  A
                                                                        four-foot high wooden gate made of age-old recycled Merbau
                                                                        stands out in a neighbourhood where stainless steel and
                                                                        wrought iron front gates have become a common sight.
                                                                        Rust brown-and-white brickwork of the front gate pillars
                                                                 unabashedly evokes images of buildings of nineteenth-century
                                                                 British colonial era.

                                                                 The four-leaf wooden gate opening broods like a portal to days of
                                                                 old, as if holding a thousand memories. And indeed, beyond the
                                                                 rustic symmetry, one is transported back in time to years gone by.
                                                                 Once past the wooden gates, two sturdy pillars stand guard at the
                                                                 entrance to this double-storey corner house. Full-height foldable
                                                                 doors salvaged from a demolition site partially conceal the interiors
                                                                 to the view of passersby.


                     Old materials giving the home a nostalgic feel.
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                                                           Built from a mix of Chengal and Merbau, the main section of the house
                                                    is quintessentially ‘traditional Malay’ in its design and layout. The timber
                                                    materials date back to yesteryears, belonging to a period where structures
                                                    were either old Malay kampong houses, manors of the Straits Settlement
                                                    Chinese or colonial-styled quarters. And indeed, these were the very
                                                    structures from which they had been salvaged, and all came together for a
                                                    renewed collective lease of life in the suburbs of Petaling Jaya.

                                                    The owners have traversed the country in search of such treasures, buying
                                                    the structures and, in the process, saving them from pointless decay. “Some
                                                    of the materials are from old houses in Tanjung Malim in Perak and other
                                                    northern states of Peninsular Malaysia like Penang and Kedah while others
                                                    are from the government quarters that used to be on Jalan Cochrane (in
                                                    Kuala Lumpur),” explained the master of the house.

                                                    These include the entrance and room doors, windows, wall panels and even
                                                    the roof tiles. The bricks that now adorn the gate pillars were sourced from
                                                    old staff quarters of the Malayan Railways in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. “I
                                                    saw one of these houses about to be demolished, and I asked the workers to
                                                    stop because I wanted to buy the bricks,” he recalled.

                                                    While old materials do give the home a nostalgic feel, there are contemporary
                                                    elements to the house as well. The dining table is a good example. Sitting
                                                    regally atop a granite base at the patio, the solid tabletop is made of Merbau.
                                                    Its rough planes and edges make it both bucolic and avant-garde at once.
                                                    The same can be said about a kitchen sink. It is actually a large rock crater
                                                    found in the jungle. With a touch of varnish, it is now a conversation piece.




Through the use of old pieces of bamboo and timber strips, doors, shelves and storage space adorned with intricate carvings have been skilfully created.
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    A spacious serandah constructed completely with timber hangs above the dining area.
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                                       For the lady of the house, the dining area is her favourite spot in the house. And
                               it is easy to see why. Veils of sunlight dangle from the gaps in-between the wooden
                               floorboards overhead. The surrounding greenery and the soothing breeze are nothing less
                               than invigorating.

                               The lady reckons that it is the timber that creates the warm, cosy atmosphere in her
                               home. “My friends and relatives have nice houses too, but I think it is just not the same
                               when wood is not part of the interior design. For me, using wood imbues a certain level of
                               artistry, that makes a house feel warm and cosy, like a real home,” she said.

                               The exteriors, too, emulate an old-world charm. In fact, every direction one looks, there is
                               something old that has been reused or given a fresh lease of life. The most fascinating is
                               perhaps the guest chalet. Made of a mixture of Chengal, Merbau and Balau, its structure
                               is raised off the ground, just like old kampong houses built on stilts. An open-air shower
                               is reminiscent of yonder-days’ experience of cleansing oneself by a home-dug well. The
                               guest chalet has a loft for a bedroom.

                               The chalet is also a showcase for 80-year-old windows and large double doors found
                               in old Chinese manor houses, further testifying to the owners’ love for classic treasures.
                               The Merbau windows, doors and panels have been carefully treated to restore them to
                               their former glory, so that old carvings shine again and what was once relegated is now
                               regaled.

                               For the master of the house, much of the inspiration came from his childhood. Growing
                               up, kampong houses and colonial era shophouses were ubiquitous features in his
                               hometown in Kedah. “I wanted the home to have a down-to-earth, laid-back feel and
                               serve as a reminder of days gone by,” he said.




Old timbers are also used in various parts of the house such as the staircase and kitchen counter.
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                                                                                                   As such, it does not come as a surprise that he
                                                                                            would spend two years to collect the materials required,
                                                                                            and another three years to complete the extensions
                                                                                            and renovations. “Even so, there is still more work to be
                                                                                            done such as adding the finishing touches to the guest
                                                                                            chalet,” he said.

                                                                                            He credits a friend, a shy Thai craftsman, for most
                                                                                            of the carpentry and wood carving work. His friend
                                                                                            had refurbished most of the old materials and in
                                                                                            some cases, fashioned something new altogether
                                                                                            from discarded pieces. The kitchen best illustrates
                                                                                            his handiwork where through the use of old pieces of
                                                                                            bamboo and timber strips, the skilled artisan created
                                                                                            doors, shelves and storage space adorned with
                                                                                            intricate carvings.
    A large rock crater used as a kitchen sink.
                                                                                            A spacious verandah constructed completely with
                                                                                            timber hangs above the dining area. It overlooks a
                                                                                            leafy surrounding, the garden below and a river, the
                                                                                            Sungai Ara, at the back of the house. This is where the
                                                                                            family spends much quality time in the evenings. And
                                                                                            this is where, amid the splendour of Mother Nature, it
                                                                                            becomes clear that the house is indeed a sanctuary
                                                                                            in the city and a woody haven for the couple and their
                                                                                            young children to come home to.


    Merban is used for this tabletop which sits regally atop a granite base at the patio.
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Cites                                                                    Convention on Biological
                                                                         Diversity

15th Conference                                                          9th Meeting of ABS
of Parties                                                               Ad Hoc Open-ended
                                                                         Working Group



CITES CoP15 will likely be remembered for the debates on bluefin tuna,   More than 500 participants attended the meeting. Photo credit: llSD.
sharks, corals, polar bears and ivory sales. Photo credit: llSD.
                                                                         The ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group
                                                                         on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on
The 15th Conference of the Parties (CoP15) to the                        Biological Diversity (CBD) was held on 22-28 March 2010,
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species                  in Santiago de Cali, Colombia. More than 500 participants
of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened on 13-25                        attended the meeting, representing governments, UN
March 2010, in Doha, Qatar. Drawing some 1,500                           agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental
participants representing more than 170 governments,                     organisations, indigenous and local community groups, public
intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations,                    sector research, academia and business.
the meeting considered 68 agenda items and 42 proposals
to amend the CITES appendices.                                           The meeting continued negotiations on an international
                                                                         regime on ABS, in view of its mandate to submit an
CoP15 adopted resolutions and decisions directed to                      instrument for consideration at the tenth meeting of the CBD
parties, the Secretariat and Convention bodies on a wide                 Conference of the Parties (COP 10). For the first time in the
range of topics including:                                               process, negotiations were conducted on the basis of a draft
•	Asian	big	cats,	                                                       protocol, tabled as a Co-Chairs’ text and developed upon a
•	rhinoceroses,	                                                         request made during the Co-Chairs’ Informal Inter-regional
•	bigleaf	mahogany	and	                                                  Consultation held prior to ABS 9. Delegates identified a series
•	Madagascar	plant	species.                                              of key issues with respect to the draft protocol text and
                                                                         established four contact groups to address them.
Regarding species listings, CoP15 decided to list, among
others:                                                                  Following three days of productive contact group
•	Kaiser’s	spotted	newt,	                                                discussions and significant progress achieved on a number
•	five	species	of	tree	frogs,	                                           of issues, including benefit-sharing from derivatives and an
•	rosewood,	                                                             internationally recognised certificate of compliance, an inter-
•	holywood	and	                                                          regional group was established. Due to procedural wrangling,
•	several	Madagascar	plant	species.                                      the inter-regional group never managed to enter into text-
                                                                         based negotiations and talks temporarily broke down. The
CITES CoP15 will likely be remembered for the debates                    Working Group eventually agreed to:
on bluefin tuna, sharks, corals, polar bears and ivory                     s
                                                                         •		 uspend	ABS	9	and	convene	a	resumed	session	in	the	near	
sales. However, beyond these highly publicised debates,                    future; and
delegates seemed pleased with the progress on numerous                     f
                                                                         •		orward	the	draft	protocol	text,	as	revised	during	this	
implementation and enforcement efforts, including source                   session, to the resumed session, with the understanding
codes, permits and certification, and electronic permitting,               that the draft was not negotiated, is without prejudice to the
as well as the protection of a number of new plant and                     rights of parties to make further amendments and additions
animal species.                                                            to the text, and should be read together with the ABS 9
                                                                           report reflecting parties’ views expressed at the meeting.
Source: Earth Negotiations Bulletin, Vol. 21 No. 67, 29 March 2010.
                                                                         ABS 9 is expected to resume in June or July 2010.

                                                                         Source: Earth Negotiations Bulletin, Vol. 9 No. 503, 31 March 2010.
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   Climate Change                                                                UN-ReDD

   2010 CIF
                                                                                 4th Policy Board Meeting
   Partnership Forum




   ADB, World Bank and Forum officials sharing a light moment before the start   Participants include representatives from the Programme’s nine pilot countries
   of the Forum. Photo credit: llSD.                                             and 13 new member countries. Photo credit: UN-REDD Programme..

   The 2010 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership                           The fourth meeting of the UN-REDD (Reducing Emissions
   Forum took place on 18-19 March 2010 at the Asian                             from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing
   Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Manila, the                            Countries) Programme Policy Board was held at the UN
   Philippines. The Forum was organised by the ADB and                           Office in Nairobi, Kenya on 18 - 19 March 2010. The meeting
   the World Bank, in consultation with other multilateral                       was attended by just over 100 participants from more than
   development bank (MDB) partners. It brought together                          25 countries, including representatives from the Programme’s
   about 400 participants representing governments, non-                         nine pilot countries and 13 new member countries, eight of
   governmental and intergovernmental organisations,                             which just joined the programme in January (Costa Rica,
   indigenous peoples and the private sector.                                    Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Republic of Congo,
                                                                                 Solomon Islands, and Sudan).
   The objective of the Forum was to provide an open,
   transparent and constructive platform for all stakeholders                    Key items on the agenda included: feedback on country
   to reflect on the first year of CIF operations, engage in                     programmes, budget approval for three National Programmes
   dialogue on knowledge gained to date, and extract useful                      (Bolivia, DRC and Zambia) and the Global Programme,
   lessons learned to inform further CIF implementation.                         presentation of the Programme’s first five-year draft strategy,
                                                                                 and discussions around the UN-REDD Programme’s
   Among the issues highlighted at the forum were:
                                                                                 collaboration with other REDD initiatives in 2010.
      m
   •	 	 ore	people	are	affected	by	climate	change	in	the	
                                                                                 During the meeting, the Policy Board approved US$14.7
      Asia and Pacific region than anywhere else, while
                                                                                 million in funding for national UN-REDD programmes in
      at the same time, the region’s energy demands and
                                                                                 Bolivia (US$4.7 million), the Democratic Republic of Congo
      greenhouse gas emissions are increasing;
                                                                                 (US$5.5 million) and Zambia (US$4.5 million). This brings the
   •	 	he	16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework
      t                                                                          total amount of funding for UN-REDD national programmes
      Convention on Climate Change will have to develop an                       to-date to US$48.3 million.
      architecture that enables developing countries to act on
                                                                                 The UN-REDD Programme presented an overview of global
      climate change;
                                                                                 and national programme progress since the last Policy Board
      t
   •	 	hat	the	CIF	not	only	help	stimulate	investment	in	clean	                  meeting in October 2009, and received valuable feedback
      technology, but also enhance skills development,                           on its evolving strategy document. Acknowledging the calls
      including in rural communities.                                            from member countries for closer collaboration between the
                                                                                 UN and World Bank systems, the Policy Board requested
   Participants also raised issues related to, inter alia: middle-
                                                                                 that the UN-REDD Programme and the Forest Carbon
   income countries being left out of the CIF process; lack
                                                                                 Partnership Facility (FCPF) Management Team integrate
   of emphasis on climate justice within the CIF process;
                                                                                 Policy Board meetings and FCPF Participant/Committee
   clear financing policies that ensure equity in funding flows;
                                                                                 Assembly meetings and that moving forward, the UN and
   and consistent and sustainable investments, rather than
                                                                                 the World Bank systems would further coordinate delivery
   investing in reaction to oil and other commodity prices.
                                                                                 mechanisms to REDD countries.
   Source: Earth Negotiations Bulletin, Vol. 172 No. 2, 22
   March 2010                                                                    Source: http://www.un-redd.org
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Malaysia

MIFF 2010 & EFE 2010

M
        TC participated in the Malaysian International Furniture Fair
        (MIFF) 2010 and Export Furniture Exhibition (EFE) 2010, both
        of which were held in early March 2010. MIFF 2010 was held
        on 2 - 6 March over three venues, namely the MATRADE
Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC), Kuala Lumpur Convention
Centre (KLCC) and the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala
Lumpur. EFE 2010 was staged on 3 - 7 March at the Malaysia Agro
Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Selangor.




                                                                                                 Visitors perusing promotional brochures at the MTC
                                                                                                 booth at MIFF 2010.




Winners of the MIFF Best Presentation Award 2010 with their prizes which were presented by MTC
CEO Mr. Cheah Kam Huan (5th from right).

MIFF 2010, now in its 16th edition, covered a total exhibition space
of over 80,000sqm. It attracted 570 exhibitors from 12 countries and
more than 20,000 visitors of whom about 8,000 were international
visitors from 140 countries. PWTC and KLCC showcased home
furniture, sofa, furniture fittings and upholstery. A new exhibition on
ID Trends featuring interior design concepts and home improvement
products was held exclusively at MECC.
                                                                                                 The MTC booth at EFE 2010.
MTC has been participating at MIFF since its debut in 1995. Besides
being a participant, MTC is also a joint organiser of the MIFF Best
Presentation Award. This Award encourages exhibitors to set a high
standard in their booth designs and in creating the perfect ambience
for their overall display. MTC Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Cheah Kam
Huan, presented the prizes to the Award winners on 4 March 2009.

EFE 2010 was the sixth of its series since its inception in 2005. More
than 400 furniture manufacturers and exporters from Malaysia and
various parts of the world showcased their innovative designs and
launched their latest products at the show. These include wooden and
rattan furniture, beds, sofas as well as upholstery and accessories
spread over a floor space of 70,000sqm in six halls. Foreign visitors
made up about 8,000 of the 35,000 visitors recorded. MTC’s
participation in EFE 2010 was its second in the fair series.

Both fairs are endorsed by the Ministry of Plantation Industries and
Commodities as well as its agencies and councils including MTC.
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   Malaysia                                                         Malaysia

   Datuk Ismail Awang
                                                                    Timber Lab
   Forestry Forum




   Mr. Tham responding to a question during the Panel Discussion.   One of the Lab group sessions in progress. Photo credit: MTIB.
   Photo credit: LESTARI.

   MTC presented a paper entitled “Malaysian Response to            MTC participated in ‘TIMBER LAB’, a consultative forum
   Changing Resources and Market Scenario in Globalized             between the timber industry and the Ministry of Plantation
   World” at the inaugural Datuk Ismail Awang Forestry Forum        Industries and Commodities including its agencies and
   held on 19 April 2010 in Putrajaya, Selangor. The forum          councils on issues and challenges faced by the industry.
   carried the theme “Tropical Timber Trade and Sustainable
   Forest Management – Bridging Sustainability” and was             Held on 29-31 March 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, TIMBER LAB
   organised by Institute for Environment and Development           was divided into three Lab groups, namely, Upstream,
   (LESTARI) of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Malaysia’s          Downstream and Bumiputera (Indigenous People’s)
   National University).                                            Participation. For each Lab group, participants were drawn
                                                                    from respective government agencies and councils, trade
   Opened to all interested parties including government            associations as well as universities. MTC’s representatives
   agencies, the private sector, non-governmental                   to TIMBER LAB were CEO Mr. Cheah Kam Huan, Deputy
   organisations as well as academic and research                   CEO Mr. Tham Sing Khow and Director for Timber Industries
   institutions, the annual forum serves as a tribute to the        Development Division Dr. Wong Tuck Meng.
   late Datuk Ismail Awang, a former Director-General of the
   Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia and former CEO           The areas of focus in the Lab group discussions included:
   of MTC. Supported by Datin Harison Ahmad, widow of the             F
                                                                    •		 acilitating	greater	investments	in	higher	value	added	
   late Datuk Ismail Awang, the forum discussed pertinent             activities;
   issues in forestry that affect resource management and the         A
                                                                    •		 doption	of	automation	and	new	technologies	in	the	
   downstream timber industries.                                      timber industry;
                                                                      E
                                                                    •		 nsuring	the	availability	of	adequate	and	appropriate	
   MTC’s paper, presented by Deputy CEO Mr. Tham Sing                 skilled workers;
   Khow, highlighted the importance for Malaysia to address           C
                                                                    •		 ompliance	of	timber	materials	to	specific	Malaysian	
   the issue of securing adequate supply of raw materials for         Standards;
   the long-term growth of the timber industry as well as for         E
                                                                    •		 ntering	into	Voluntary	Partnership	Agreement	with	the	
   the industry to be able to meet market demand for legally          EU on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade;
   sourced and sustainably produced timber and timber                 I
                                                                    •		ncreasing	and	strengthening	existing	and	developing	
   products. The paper also attempted to elucidate Malaysia’s         new markets;
   current status and its response to these issues.                   E
                                                                    •		 nhancing	business	knowledge	and	skills	of	Bumiputera	
                                                                      entrepreneurs; and
   Besides MTC’s paper, several other papers were presented           E
                                                                    •		 nsuring	greater	access	to	financing	and	markets	for	
   by agencies in the forestry and timber related sectors,            Bumiputera entrepreneurs.
   including those from Sabah and Sarawak. Participants
   included Forestry undergraduates from the university.            One of TIMBER LAB’s key objectives is to obtain input for the
                                                                    country’s fresh policy for the commodity sector.
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india                                                     Dubai


Indiawood 2010                                            Woodshow 2010




Visitors at the MTC booth.                                Enquiries being attended to at the MTC booth.


MTC participated in Indiawood 2010 held in Bangalore,     WOODSHOW 2010, a dedicated wood products and wood
India on 4-8 March 2010. Three Malaysian wood-            machinery show, attracted participation from more than 150
based manufacturers companies, namely, Segamat            companies from 30 countries. The event, in its fifth edition,
Panel Board Sdn Bhd, Heveaboard Bhd and Premier           was attended by timber merchants, interior designers,
Woodprofile Sdn Bhd participated together with MTC.       furniture manufacturers, carpenters, architects, engineers,
                                                          wholesale dealers, retailers, building material manufacturers
Indiawood 2010, occupying 14,900 m², featured wood        and construction suppliers not only from the UAE but also
working machinery, fittings, home accessories as          from the member states of the Gulf Co-operation Council as
well as a wide range of timber and timber products.       well as its neighbouring countries.
The event attracted 468 exhibitors and more than
23,000 visitors. Of the total number of exhibitors, 51%   MTC organised a Malaysian Pavilion at the show for
were local exhibitors while the rest were international   members of the Malaysian timber sector to explore business
exhibitors from eight countries.                          opportunities and establish business partnerships with
                                                          the trading fraternity in the region. The exhibitors at the
After the fair, MTC conducted a market visit to Kandla,   Malaysian Pavilion, besides MTC, were Winfast Industries
Gujarat and Kolkatta, West Bengal, India on 9 - 15        Sdn Bhd, Segamat Panel Boards Sdn Bhd, ME Floor Sdn
March 2010. During the visit, MTC met with members        Bhd, Ever Prime Timber Industry Products Sdn Bhd and
of the Kandla Timber Association, Bengal Timber           Trueloc International Sdn Bhd. These five companies are
Importers Association and 10 timber-based companies       manufacturers of sawntimber, MDF, engineered flooring,
in the three cities.                                      decking and high density fiberboard (HDF) laminate flooring.

                                                          The product profile of the show included timber, plywood
                                                          and laminates, flooring, woodworking machinery, power tools
                                                          and equipment, paints, adhesives and glues. Timber-based
                                                          products displayed were hardwood and softwood timbers,
                                                          plywood, MDF, chipboard, veneer, and wood-based flooring.
                                                          The show occupied about 10,000m2 at the Airport Expo and
                                                          was held on 13 - 15 April 2010. This was the second time
                                                          that MTC had participated in the show.
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   Uzbekistan                       Uzbuild 2010
                                                         MTC participated for the first time in Uzbuild 2010 held in Tashkent,
                                                         Uzbekistan on 9 - 12 March 2010. Uzbuild is a major international
                                                         construction fair that brings together leading players from the building
                                                         industry and trade visitors from Uzbekistan and abroad. The exhibits
                                                         included building materials, windows, doors, flooring and facades as well as
                                                         heating and ventilation systems.
                                                         The exhibition was spread over 5,170m² and hosted 120 exhibitors from
                                                         16 countries. International companies including regular and new exhibitors
                                                         account for slightly more than half of the total number of exhibitors.
                                                         Among the regular exhibitors were those from Austria, Germany, Sweden,
                                                         Turkey and Uzbekistan. Of the some 5,000 visitors to the fair, engineers,
                                                         technicians and company directors formed the majority.
                                                         Uzbuild is a smaller fair compared to its sister fair, Kazbuild, held annually
   MTC’s booth at Uzbuild 2010.                          in September in Almaty, Kazakhstan, which has over 8,500m² of exhibition
                                                         space. Although there were not many wood-based exhibitors at Uzbuild
                                                         2010, the flooring panels and doors displayed by these companies were
                                                         among the most prominent at the exhibition.



   China               MTC Technology Study Mission
                                                         MTC organised a Technology Study Mission to China on 14-20 March 2010.
                                                         The mission was aimed at providing exposure to Malaysian wood product
                                                         manufacturers to the latest developments in woodworking and wood
                                                         processing technologies. The mission itinerary included visits to a flooring
                                                         manufacturer, timber industry associations, timber wholesale markets and
                                                         furniture showrooms. Six members from the Malaysian timber industry
                                                         participated in the mission.

                                                         The mission was held to coincide with the ZOW Shenzhen 2010 Exhibition,
                                                         which was held on 19-22 March 2010 at the Shenzhen Convention &
                                                         Exhibition Centre. ZOW is a trade fair dedicated to the furniture and interior
                                                         design industries. Apart from visiting ZOW, MTC also visited the 23rd
                                                         International Famous Furniture Fair (3F) that was held in Houjie, Dongguan,
                                                         China. The fair is one of the leading furniture fairs in China, showcasing the
   Mission members at a flooring factory in Guangzhou.   latest products of 70% of the leading furniture manufacturers in China, Hong
                                                         Kong and Taiwan.



   China               Domotex Asia / Chinafloor 2010
                                                         DOMOTEX Asia / CHINAFLOOR 2010, in its 12th edition, occupied 50,000m2
                                                         of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai. Held on 23 - 25
                                                         March 2010, the fair showcased a broad range of flooring products and
                                                         attracted more than 40,000 visitors comprising mainly manufacturers,
                                                         importers, distributors, retailers, architects, builders, consultants and
                                                         contractors. About 970 exhibitors took part in the show this year, the
                                                         majority of whom were Chinese companies. International exhibitors were
                                                         mainly from Malaysia, Thailand, USA and Germany.

                                                         MTC participated in the fair with five Malaysian companies, namely, Ever
                                                         Prime Timber Industry Products Sdn Bhd, Palm Flooring Sdn Bhd, Kim
                                                         Teck Lee Timber Flooring Sdn Bhd, Maxwell Wood Sdn Bhd and Kronoloc
                                                         Industries Sdn Bhd. The products exhibited by the Malaysian companies
                                                         include timber decking, solid and engineered palm wood flooring, sports
   The Malaysian pavilion at the fair.                   flooring system, heat-treated sawntimber and HDF laminated flooring. The
                                                         floor of the MTC booth was installed with the sports flooring system, a new
                                                         product of Kim Teck Lee.
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Ulu Bendol Recreational Forest,
Negeri Sembilan
       The Ulu Bendol Recreational Forest was
       established in 1970. It covers an area
       of just 2.5ha, which lies at the base of
       Mount Angsi (825m) in a range of hills
       to the east of Seremban in the state of
       Negeri Sembilan.




T
      he Jeram Kak Lang rapids are a 50-minute walk                        Park entrance.
      from the park entrance. There are many large
      trees in the Recreational Forest that is situated       Accommodation
      just off the main road from Seremban. Jungle            Chalets and log cabins with very basic facilities are
trekking and camping are two of the most popular              available for rent in the park. Group camping is possible
activities in the upper reaches of the forest. The trail to   within the park in designated areas near the park
the summit of Mount Angsi and back takes about six            headquarters.
hours (4.5km each way). Seremban and the seaside
resort town of Port Dickson are visible from the summit.      Seasons
The trial passes through lowland dipterocarp forest,          Access to the park is not affected by seasonal weather
and long tailed macaques can often be seen in the             variations.
trees of this forest.
                                                              Further Information
Location                                                      For more information and accommodation booking,
The forest is 20km east of Seremban, Negeri Sembilan          please contact the Forestry Department in Kuala Pilah,
on the road to Kuala Pilah (south of Kuala Lumpur).           Negeri Sembilan. Tel: +60 6 4811036.

Access
Visitors will have to pass through Seremban, which lies
just off the North-South Expressway. There are several
exits from this highway but the Senawang exit is the
quickest and one with least traffic. From this exit, head
towards Kuala Pilah using the new Lekas Highway
which joins up the Bukit Putus Highway (road signage
is aplenty and well positioned). Visitors using public
transport can start their journey from the Seremban
Bus Station. Buses and taxis from Kuala Lumpur’s
Pudu Raya Bus Station travel regularly to Seremban.

                                                              The park is popular for picnics and camping.
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