YB DATUK HAJI ABDUL RAHIM ISMAIL
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD INDUSTRY
FOR THE MOA SIGNING CEREMONY BETWEEN
UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA SABAH AND KOREAN
RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF BIOSCIENCE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
18 JANUARY 2005
(TUESDAY), 10.00 A.M.
UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA SABAH
The Vice Chancellor of UMS
The President of the Korean
Research Institute of
Deputy Vice Chancellors
Senior Management, Deans, Directors and Head of Departments UMS
Directors, Biotechnology Research
Ladies dan gentlemen,
I take great pleasure in welcoming our guests from Korea to Sabah, the "Land Below The Wind". I am extremely happy that you have chosen Sabah dan Universiti Malaysia Sabah, in particular, to be your partner to collaborate in research.
I wish to congratulate UMS for taking the initiative to foster this research partnership with a world reknown research institution such as the Korean Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology or KRIBB. I am sure we in Sabah will benefit from this partnership.
I understand that this collaboration will focus on the topic of "Bioconversion of the palm kernel cake (PKC) into poultry feed". We are proud to say that Sabah is the leading grower of the oil palm in Malaysia, and Malaysia in total produces an annual quantity of more than 1.4 million tones of PKC as a by-product in the milling of palm kernel oil.
Studies on the characteristics
and composition of PKC in Malaysia, including samples taken from Sabah
and Sarawak, showed that PKC has a fairly high oil content averaging 10%,
which makes it a good source of
However, with the advent of new technologies, in particular biotechnology, PKC can be upgraded to a potential source of protein as feed for other animals besides ruminants.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Sabah's economic development
has always been traditionally linked to the use of natural resources.
It is rightly so since the state is blessed with an abundance of marine
and terrestrial resources. As a result of
The Eighth Malaysia Plan (8MP) (2001-2005), the Third National Agricultural Policy (NAP3) and the Second Sabah Agricultural Policy (SAP2) have underlined the need to transform the agricultural sector into a vibrant, competitive and resilient sector driven by science and technology to enable the sector to become one of the leading contributor to the state and national economy. This emphasis is expected to continue into the Ninth Malaysia Plan period. As we are aware, the SAP2 which was formulated in 1999 by the state government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry outlines the strategic direction of the agriculture sector up to the year 2010. The main objective of SAP2 is to transform the agriculture sector into a modern, efficient, sustainable, dynamic, commercially-oriented and competitive sector. Apart from giving emphasis on food crops, the policy also gives priority to the development of industrial crops such as oil palm, cocoa and rubber which have contributed significantly to the state's revenue as well as supplies raw material to our resource-based downstream industries. The State's Halatuju has further reinforced these policies.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am happy to say that the
State Government is giving full support to Biotechnology initiatives in
lieu of the availability of Sabah's vast natural resources. It is through
the commercialization of Biotechnology
It may interest you to know
that it is also the policy of the State Government to support and encourage
activities such as this collaboration. The key industries expected to
drive the bio-economy shall be pharmaceuticals, health care, agriculture
and food. Most of the products we touch, wear and see are already produced,
in one way or another, using biotechnology-derived reagents. The development
of modern tools such as genetic engineering or recombinant DNA technology
will transfer many processes and products to higher levels of productivity.
The impact of biotechnology
on industry is likely to increase over the
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is through Biotechnology that the state can benefit from the commercialization of its R&D. Toward this end, UMS and in particular its center of excellence in biotechnology, the Biotechnology Research Institute, and its research capabilities provides the right environment to potentially new discoveries which can benefit the state.
Sabah's Government will do all things necessary to facilitate co-operations in this UMS-KRIBB collaboration so that we can benefit mutually and make this world a better place to live in. I hope that your collaborations and fellowship with our local scientists will help them to achieve excellence in their research and lead to advancements in the field of the Biotechnology, in particular.
Finally, I would like to express
my gratitude to UMS for inviting me to witness this very meaningful MOA
signing ceremony. I wish all the scientists from KRIBB and UMS who are
involved in this project a very