MALAYSIA: Rubber price set to soar

He said this would help alleviate the problems faced by small-scale planters.

He said the Federal Government would work with other major rubber producing countries to stabilise the price of the commodity.

"The focus is on helping the people. The Government is always aware and in touch with local communities,” said Muhyiddin in his speech at a meeting with Rubber Industry Smallholder Development Authority (Risda) and Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Felcra) members at the Paya Mak Insun Complex in Kedah on 20 Dec. 2012.

Also present were Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, Risda director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Zaki Mohamad and Felcra Bhd chairman Datuk Tajudin Abdul Rahman.

Source: Daily "The Star", Kuala Lumpur; 21 Dec 2012

(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)