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Palm oil promo in Iran and Pakistan

Posted: 14 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

PUTRAJAYA: Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas is leading a palm oil promotion mission to Iran and Pakistan.

The visit, which started yesterday and expected to end on Jan 21, will explore areas for cooperation between the private sector in Malaysia and their counterparts in Pakistan and Iran.

Bilateral discussions will take place to explore exports of palm oil products with the private sector associations in the two countries.

Douglas will open a Palm Oil and Trade Seminar (POTS) in Pakistan, besides launching a Pocketbook on Palm Oil Uses in the Urdu language.

This pocketbook contains information on the palm oil industry in Malaysia and the use of palm oil products for both food and non-food purposes.

Cash crop: A worker plucking oil palm fruits which are later loaded onto a lorry (pic, above) for processing at a mill.

During POTS Pakistan, Douglas will witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Erafeed Sdn Bhd and Chapri Group.

The MOU designates Chapri Group Pvt Ltd, the largest importer of palm kernel cake from Malaysia, as a main agent to distribute palm-based animal feed.

Douglas will also visit Port Qasim Authority to assess the progress of joint venture projects between Malaysian and local companies in the areas of refining.

In Teheran, Douglas will open POTS Teheran and launch the Pocketbook in the Persian language, as part of promotion and efforts to strengthen the market share of Malaysian palm oil in Iran.

In 2012, Pakistan was Malaysia's second largest trading partner among the countries in South Asia.

Malaysia-Pakistan bilateral trade in 2012 was valued at RM6.5bil.

Among the products exported, palm oil accounts for the largest segment with an export value of RM4bil.

Other commodity products exported to Pakistan in 2012 include products based on rubber valued at RM76.9mil, cocoa at RM33.8mil and pepper at RM2.42mil.

Iran is Malaysia's fourth largest trading partner among the countries in the Middle East. Bilateral trade between Iran in 2012 was recorded at RM4.6bil.

Among the commodity products, exports of palm oil were valued at RM1.95bil. — Bernama

Islamic finance expert gets Tokoh Perdana award

Posted: 14 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

PUTRAJAYA: Bank Negara Syariah Advisory Council chairman Dr Mohd Daud Abu Bakar has been named the recipient of the Tokoh Perdana award in conjunction with this year's national-level Maulidur Rasul celebration.

The award carried a cash prize of RM50,000, a plaque, a certificate and a set of the Tafsir fi Zilal Al-Quran commentary of the Quran.

The Alor Setar-born Dr Mohd Daud, 50, is the founder of Amani Advisors Sdn Bhd, an Islamic financial company.

He is also listed among the 12 most respected individuals in the Islamic financial industry at present.

"This award will definitely bring motivation to me, my family and colleagues.

"We have 10 international companies and will expand the Malaysian-based ones to other places to bring the message of Islamic finance from the aspects of financial services and so forth," he said after receiving the award from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah at the celebration at Putra Mosque here yesterday.

Dr Mohd Daud said the award was also a recognition of his contribution in syariah entrepreneurship that would become a new career field in the Malaysian and global context.

Eight other individuals also received Maulidur Rasul awards, including Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib who described his award as a tribute to the soldiers who were killed during the intrusion in Lahad Datu last year as well as other security personnel who fought the intruders.

"The peace and unity that have been achieved all this while should be appreciated by further nurturing the country's harmony and safeguarding communal ties," he said.

Other recipients included the late Ahmad Ammar Ahmad Azam, 20, a Malaysian student active in volunteer work, who died after he was hit by an ambulance while crossing a road in Istanbul, Turkey, last November; former High Court judge Datuk Faiza Tamby Chik; former Federal Territory Mufti and the Putra Mosque's first imam Tan Sri Abdul Kader Talip; and Mohamad Azimi Kassim, radio presenter of Salam FM, which is operated by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).

Others are former Malaysian ambassador to Egypt (2005-2009) Datuk Zainal Abidin Abdul Kadir; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Islam Hadhari Philosophy senior fellow Prof Datuk Dr Zakaria Stapa; and former Jakim training director and National Mosque counsellor Datin Rusmiati Harun. — Bernama

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Chua: State govt has power to solve Allah issue

Posted: 14 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

BATU PAHAT: The Selangor government should stop the blame game and accept more responsibility in resolving issues arising from non-Muslims using the kalimah Allah.

Former MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said Pakatan Rakyat, as the state administrator, could amend or abolish the current laws in the state which needed to be changed.

"DAP should not avoid the issue by saying that the legislation of the Selangor Non-Islamic Religious (Control of Propagation Muslims) Enactment 1988 was left by Barisan Nasional and MCA.

"They (Pakatan) have been in government for two terms with a two-thirds majority in Selangor and they have the power to make it right.

"There is no need to blame others. If you feel that it is not right, then just amend or abolish it and prove that you are a responsible government," he told reporters after attending the 13th anniversary dinner of the Taman Seri Jaya Tiong King Kong temple here on Monday.

Dr Chua added that the state government should seek an audience with the Sultan to resolve the issue.

The concerns over the issue surfaced after enforcement officers from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) seized copies of Christian publications, including Malay and Iban versions of the Bible, from the premises of the Bible Society of Malaysia in Petaling Jaya on Jan 2.

Selangor DAP chairman Tony Pua had been reported as saying earlier that MCA was involved in the passing of the enactment prohibiting the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims.

On a separate note, Dr Chua, who did not seek re-election in the MCA election held on Dec 21, said that he was grateful to various organisations for extending invitations to their functions despite his current position.

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