Forest Research Institute of Malaysia to expand R&D initiatives for timber

The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) has been handed a budget of RM13.34 million (~US$3.41 million) this year to spur research and development in support of the timber industry. 

A new Bill is expected to be tabled during Parliament’s next sitting to expand the functions of FRIM allowing it to become more involved in timber industry research, development and commercialisation.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has allocated RM 25.99 million (~US$6.65 million) for projects on forests rehabilitation and preservation in Peninsular Malaysia for the current financial year.