5 February 2016 (Friday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) with Sime Darby Plantation today to collaborate in research and development (R&D) on forest biodiversity conservation, particularly ex-situ conservation of endangered, rare and threatened forest tree plants species.
The MOC also aims to share knowledge on matters on the establishment, management, monitoring and non-commercial use of the ex-situ endangered, rare and threatened forest plants species.
The FRIM Director General (DG), Dato’ Dr Abd Latif Mohmod, represented the Malaysian Forestry Research and Development Board (MFRDB) in signing the agreement while Sime Darby was represented by its Managing Director, Datuk Franki Anthony Dass.
The MOC signing was witnessed by the FRIM Forest Biodiversity Division Director, Dr Lillian Chua, and the Sime Darby Plantation Sustainability and Quality Management Head, Tang Men Kon.
Also present were FRIM Deputy DG (Research) Dr Ismail Harun; FRIM Deputy DG (Operations) Dr Rahim Sudin; FRIM Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) Head Norhayati Nordin; and Sime Darby Corporate Communications Head Carl Dagenhart.
After the signing ceremony, the group from Sime Darby were accompanied by Chua and some CCU staff to trek up the Keruing Trail and see the crown shyness phenomenon in the forest.