4 February 2021 (Thursday) - Dr Norwati Muhammad has been appointed as the Deputy Director General (DDG) (Research) of Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) effective today, replacing Dato' Dr Marzalina Mansor who retired yesterday. Norwati obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology (1989) and Master of Science in Genetics (1994) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Forest Genetics from University of Reading, United Kingdom in 2000 and started working at FRIM as a research officer in January 1990. Norwati, FRIM’s new DDG (Research). Mohd Zaki (above) and Farah Fazwa heading Forestry [...]
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11 January 2021 (Monday) - Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Director General (DG) Dr Khali Aziz Hamzah launched the institute’s level Malaysia Greening Programme - 100 Million Tree-Planting Campaign at the FRIM Monthly Assembly this morning. He planted a tongkat ali (Eurycoma longifolia) tree to mark the occasion. Also present to plant trees were Deputy DG (Research) Dato’ Dr Marzalina Mansor and Deputy DG (Operations) Dr Noor Azlin Yahya. Khali Aziz (left) and Noor Azlin delivering their respective speeches. FRIM staff pledging to protect and strengthen public service integrity. In his speech, Khali Aziz said FRIM aims [...]
1 January 2021 (Friday) - Dr Noor Azlin Yahya has been appointed as the Deputy Director General (Operations) of Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) effective today, replacing Dr Khali Aziz Hamzah who took over as the Director General (DG) post since 1 September 2020. Noor Azlin appointed FRIM’s Deputy DG (Operations) effective 1 January 2021. Noor Azlin, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Forestry) from Doane College, Nebraska, USA in May 1985 and a Master of Science in Resource Management and Policy with a specialisation in Management of Nature Park from State University of New [...]
31 December 2020 (Thursday) - Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has decided to extend the closure of its main campus as well as Kepong Botanic Gardens (KBG), Taman Warisan as well as the Forest Skywalk to visitors until a date to be announced later. This decision is in line with the extension of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Selangor following the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. FRIM will review this decision based on the COVID-19 epidemic situation. Campus closure poster. FRIM will announce through its official website and facebook if there is any change. For inquiries, [...]
9 November 2020 (Monday) - Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sarawak State Government via Department Sarawak Forest (FDS) to collaborate in the research and development (R&D) of pest and disease management of forest plantations in the state. The documents was signed by Director General (DG) Dr Khali Aziz Hamzah representing FRIM and FDS by its Director, Datu Hamden Mohammad, while FRIM Forest Biodiversity Director Dr Lillian Chua and FDS Deputy Director Jack Liam signed the MOU as witnesses. FRIM participates the MOU ceremony virtually. Marzalina (middle) with the MOU document signed. [...]
21 October 2020 (Wednesday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) will stop the issuance of annual recreational passes as well as car stickers for joggers/visitors and only accept cashless payment starting 2021. From 21 August to 20 September this year, FRIM refunded a number of joggers for their 2020 annual recreational pass after receiving many complaints over its decision to close the main campus from18 March until this year-end. The announcement poster. “We are uncertain when we would reopen the main campus again. This will depend very much whether the COVID-19 situation has improved greatly by next year. [...]
9 October 2020 (Friday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) organised a Basic Bryophyte Identification Course on 15 September attended by 18 FRIM Herbarium staff to enhance their knowledge on bryophytes and the ability to identify them. Bryophyte, commonly known as moss, is a non-vascular, epiphytic, non-flowering plant and produces spores that are usually wind-dispersed. It is often used as a bio indicator due to its sensitivity to changes in environmental conditions, such as ambient temperature and humidity and it is often found in unpolluted areas. Cheah (front) showing a population of moss growing on a tree trunk. [...]
6 October 2020 (Tuesday) – Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad launched Soil Science Conference of Malaysia 2020 (SOILS 2020) this morning in Johor Bahru. The three-day conference is co-organised by Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and Malaysian Society of Soil Science (MSSS) with the support of International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS). The objectives of SOILS 2020, themed ‘Soil Management towards Plant Productivity and Environmental Sustainability’, are to promote good practices and multidisciplinary approaches for increasing yields and enhance appreciation for the roles and importance of soil in relation to various economic and environmental aspects. From left: [...]
4 October 2020 (Sunday) - Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has decided to temporarily close the Kepong Botanic Gardens (KBG), Taman Warisan and Forest Skywalk to visitors from Monday (5 October) until further notice. The FRIM management’s decision was taken as a precautionary measure to protect FRIM staff and visitors in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, especially in Selangor, which is increasingly worrying. The temporary closure of KBG and Forest Skywalk poster. Khali said FRIM prioritises safety. FRIM will review this decision based on the reports and information from the Ministry of Health Malaysia [...]
8 September 2020 (Tuesday) – The Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), Dato' Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, launched the Community Plantation Programme in Batu Kikir, Negeri Sembilan, yesterday. Organised by the Malaysian Panel-Products Manufacturers’ Association (MPMA) and Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) in collaboration with Plus Intervest, the programme aimed to introduce tree species with rapid growth such as batai and Eucalyptus to ensure the sustainability of raw wood material as well as to reduce the dependence on resources from the natural forest. From left: Mohd Fauzi, Khali Aziz, Mohd Khairuddin, Sheikh Othman and Goh during [...]