4 February 2019 (Monday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has launched the 'FRIM Go Biodegradable' campaign this morning to raise awareness on environmental conservation, reducing the use of plastic, polystyrene and plastic straw which is harmful to the environment. Abd Latif speaking at the assembly. FRIM staff pledging to strengthen integrity in their services. The campaign was launched by FRIM Director General (DG) Dato' Dr Abd Latif Mohmod at the FRIM Monthly Assembly held at Dataran FRIM. Also present were FRIM Deputy DG (Operations) Dr Khali Aziz Hamzah, top management officials and staff. "Please carry out [...]
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31 January 2019 (Thursday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) welcomes private sector involvement in forest restoration and biodiversity conservation efforts in the country. From left: Caroline, Chua and Mohamad Helmy launching the ‘Plant-A-Tree’ book. FRIM Forest Biodiversity Research Officer Ajla Rafidah Baharom (far right) showing exhibits to visitors. “FRIM is ready to collaborate with private sector on reforestation as well as biodiversity enrichment projects in efforts to prevent the loss of precious flora species,” said FRIM Director General Dato’ Dr Abd Latif Mohmod in his speech read by FRIM Forest Biodiversity Director Dr Lillian Chua at [...]
22 January 2019 (Tuesday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Director General (DG) Dato’ Abd Latif Mohmod and Deputy DG (Research) Dr Samsudin Musa visited Penang on 12 January to discuss the possibility of assisting the state in the conservation and rehabilitation of mangroves related to the proposed Penang South Reclamation Project. Representatives of SRS, State Government and JPNPP posing for a group picture. Samsudin (third from left), Rusli (fourth from left) and Abd Latif (fifth from left). SRS representative Poh Chia Ching briefing the attendees. Following the FRIM Technology Talk held on 27 November last year [...]
10 January 2019 (Thursday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has adjusted its operation hours since 2 January 2019 to ensure public safety in the campus. “We appreciate the cooperation and supporting given to conserve the campus,” said Liza Ismail. New operation hours displayed on FRIM Facebook page. The new operation hours will be fully enforced from 1 July. However, FRIM has started advising and educating visitors who come early to enter the campus at 6.00 am. FRIM Campus is open from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm, with the last entry at 6.30 pm. Recreational activities can [...]
3 January 2019 (Thursday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) manages to keep its vintage timber engineering device, the Buckton universal testing machine, working with some modification. The 97-year-old machine, believed to be the only remaining unit in the world, is still in good working condition today thanks to the brilliance of Dr Mohamad Omar Mohamad Khaidzir, who heads the FRIM Timber Engineering Laboratory (TEL). Mohamad Omar and the computerised Buckton universal testing machine. Mohamad Omar explaining about the research conducted at TEL to visitors. With his passion in software writing and electronics, Mohamad Omar created a computerised [...]
28 December 2018 (Friday) – With its rich collection of insects, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has become a centre of reference for insect taxonomic studies by scientists locally and internationally. The FRIM Entomology Branch, which manages the Entomological Reference Collection, also provides insect identification services for the industry and government agencies. The reference collection consists of approximately 600,000 specimens, of which 10,000 have been identified to species. It also holds 187 holotypes and nearly 1,000 paratypes donated by taxonomists working on the specimens. Entomologists, Veronica Khoo (left) and Ong Su Ping, examining some of the insect specimens. [...]
26 December 2018 (Wednesday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has taken proactive measures to become a recognised testing body for formaldehyde emission based on international certification/regulatory schemes to help local industry players in overcoming market barriers imposed by importing countries. Most wood panel products use synthetic resin such as urea formaldehyde (UF), phenol formaldehyde (PF) and melamine urea formaldehyde as adhesive material. However, the toxic and colourless formaldehyde has been categorised as a carcinogenic substance by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Union (EU). Hence, importing countries has imposed strict regulations and standards on wood products to ensure [...]
24 December 2018 (Monday) – A team of researchers from the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Entomology Branch participated in a sago (Metroxylon sagu) tree planting programme at Tanjung Beluntas located just across the river from Kampung Kuantan Firefly Jetty on 8 December 2018. The programme, organised by the Land/District Office in collaboration with the Standing Committee of Environment and Green Technology, was officiated by Kuala Selangor District Officer, Tuan Shamsul Shahril Badzila Mohd Noor. Kuala Selangor District Officer Shamsul Shahril Badzila (third from right) officiated the tree planting programme with Mukim Pasangan Village Head Mohd Rizan Haron [...]
18 December 2018 (Tuesday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) recreational pass and car stickers for 2019 will be available for application and renewal at the FRIM Facility Unit counters starting 3 January 2019. For renewal, applicants will only need to bring their old pass and make payment at the counter. New applicants have to bring along one passport-sized photograph, fill out the forms (borang permohonan pas riadah and/ or permohonan pelekat kenderaan) and make payment. Only Malaysian citizens are eligible to apply. Notices on the pass renewal have been put up at several strategic locations. A visitor enjoying a [...]
12 December 2018 (Wednesday) - Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has received two more Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) certificates this morning. This time, the certificates were for FRIM as the 'First Forest Research Institute in Malaysia' and for the FRIM Director General (DG), Dato' Dr Abd Latif Mohmod as the ‘First Forest Researcher appointed as Chairman of the Association of Asia-Pacific Forest Institutions (APAFRI) for a third time’. Abd Latif (right) receiving the MBR certificates presented by Mohamad Alex. Abd Latif with five MBR certificates he received earlier. The certificates were presented by Mohamad Alex Edward, [...]