In a state in souther Malasyai close to Singapore, Johor, it contributed an estimate of 60% to Malaysia’s total wooden furniture exports last year. To boost the industry in the state further, a five-year roadmap was launched in August to develop Johor’s wood furniture industry.
Due to challenge in the international markets and the shortage of domestic manpower, the roadmap aims to establish ways to sustain the furniture manufacturing sector. Additionally, it also addresses the issue to remain competitive as well as to improve it.
Land is also being acquired in Muar, a city in Johor, to expand the Muar furniture hub as well as Tangkak (the town nearby) as a centre to exhibit the wooden futniture manufactured in the state, reported Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur, and Malaysian Timber Industry Board Director-General, Datuk Dr Jalaluddin Harun.