12 April 10 2018 (Thursday) - The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)’s history is closely linked to a unique tree species called gutta percha or nyatoh taban merah tree which was once very valuable to the British Government. The high demand and extreme exploitation of this tree forced the British Government to initiate forest management and forestry research in British Malaya at the end of the 19th century, which evolved and eventually resulted in the establishment of FRIM in 1985. Leafy shoots of gutta percha. Latex of the species was highly sought-after to be used as the insulating material [...]
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5 April 2018 (Thursday) - Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Director General (DG) Dato' Dr Abd Latif Mohmod created history once again when a newly-discovered plant species found in Terengganu was named after him. Brownlowia latifiana or ‘dungun latif’ from the Malvaceae-Brownlowioideae family was discovered by FRIM researchers during a botanical expedition in Jerangau Forest Reserve (FR), Terengganu in 2009. Dungun latif tree at its natural habitat. The species was named after Abd Latif in recognition of his contribution in obtaining RM7.6 million fund for the ‘Safeguarding the Forest Plant Diversity of Peninsular Malaysia Project’ under the Ninth [...]
4 April 2018 (Wednesday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) celebrated its International Day of Forests (IDF) and established ‘Taman Sinonim’ at the FRIM Research Station in Selandar (SPF Selandar), Melaka, yesterday. Marzalina (left) and Abd Latif delivering their speeches. FRIM Director General (DG) Dato’ Dr Abd Latif Mohmod officiated the event by planting a melaka tree (Phyllanthus emblica). A total of 66 saplings from 33 species with local names that are synonymous with names of places in Melaka were planted at Taman Sinonim by 80 representatives from FRIM and local communities including schools, higher learning institutes, villages as [...]
30 March 2018 (Friday)- Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to work together in ensuring the safety and quality of traditional herbal products or raw herbal materials marketed in the country. During the MOU Signing Ceremony held at Licuala Meeting Room. Director General (DG) Dato' Dr Abd Latif Mohmod represented FRIM in signing the MOU while KKM was represented by Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. In the collaboration, FRIM would be responsible for providing exposure to the local industry on the importance of [...]
20 March 2018 (Thursday) – FRIM Product Certification Services (FRIM PCS) is ready to certify all government contract furniture products involving 24 ministries and knocked-down furniture products under government development projects. The briefing on FRIM as the furniture product certification body held with furniture producers and representatives from MOF, MOE, Home Ministry and MINDEF. Established in June 2013, FRIM PCS has expanded its scope to cover furniture products for the open market, export and import. Its capability to ensure the country’s furniture products consistently meet quality standard will help to boost local and international consumers’ confidence. FRIM Director [...]
Attendees at the briefing session. 13 March 2018 (Tuesday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) conducted its first frontline staff briefing on 7 March at Licuala Meeting Room. The aim of the briefing was to provide updates on the latest FRIM information, issues as well as development within the campus to ensure the sharing of consistent information with clients. From left: Toh, Khali Aziz, Norhayati, Sulaiman and Liza during the discussion. The session, chaired by FRIM Deputy Director General (Operations) Dr Khali Aziz Hamzah, also discussed issues pertaining the security enforcement and clients’ feedback. A total [...]
14 March 2018 (Wednesday) - Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is ready to assist any state government in the conservation of firefly habitats, an iconic attraction in Malaysia. Based on the research project conducted by the FRIM Entomology Branch, fireflies of the genus Pteroptyx (e.g. Pteroptyx tener), a synchronous firefly, are found in natural riverbank vegetations. Abd Latif: Changes affecting the natural habitat will cause a decline to the firefly population. Director General (DG) Dato' Dr Abd Latif Mohmod said "FRIM has the expertise to help save firefly populations through the conservation of the natural ecosystems which support [...]
5 March 2018 (Monday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) recently received the Financial Management Five Star Rating Excellence Award Based on Accountability Index (Anugerah Kecemerlangan Penarafan Lima Bintang Pengurusan Kewangan Berdasarkan Indeks Akauntabiliti) for 2016 from the National Audit Department. Abd Latif (left) and FRIM Finance Director Mohd Zamshari Abd Rahman showing the certificate. This first five star rating award shows that FRIM under the leadership of Director General (DG) Dato’ Dr Abd Latif Mohmod have successfully ensured that the management of its finances has been conducted with full responsibility and accountability. The certificate presented by [...]
28 February 2018 (Wednesday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) received a visit from six Japanese representatives who wanted to share their experience and have a discussion on 'Access and Benefits Sharing' (ABS) with FRIM researchers. From left: Fadzureena, Norini, Mastura and Nik Musa'adah at the discussion session. The delegation, who came to FRIM on 19 February, consisted of Maho Matsumoto from Japan Ministry of Environment, Dr Manabu Suto (Biological Resource Center), Rie Funabiki (National Institute of Technology and Evaluation), Mutsumi Suzuki (National Institute of Genetics/ABS Task Team for Academia), Dr Yamasaki Takeshi (Makino Herbarium, Tokyo Metropolitan University) [...]
28 February 2018 (Wednesday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) Peninsular Malaysia and Taman Ehsan community representatives had a discussion on 22 February about the issue of conflict between monkeys and residents of the nearby housing area. During the dialog session at the Shorea Meeting Room. The dialogue, chaired by FRIM Deputy Director General (Operations) Dr Khali Aziz Hamzah, was attended by Taman Ehsan Rukun Tetangga Chairman Ghazali Zawawi and a resident, Mariam Ernest. From left: Khali Aziz, Toh and Liza listening to Mariam's suggestions during the discussion. FRIM zoologist [...]