31 Jan '17, 2am

Malaysia to start building rubberised roads this year

In a bid to boost domestic consumption of rubber, Malaysia is preparing to construct rubberised roads across the country this year, the New Straits Times reports. Plantation industries and commodities ministry minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said the decision to go with rubber will help shore up the commodity, which has been battered by falling prices. He said that the ministry has been directed to build rubberised roads within the next few months by prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is concerned over the livelihoods of smallholders. “There are about 1.2 million smallholders in the country (550,00 smallholders in the palm oil industry, 440,000 in the rubber industry and 60,000 in the pepper industry). We need to support our smallholders, who might otherwise shift away from natural rubber due to weak prices,” he told reporters at an event last weekend. Altho...

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