SANDAKAN, July 27 — The palm oil sector, an important economic driver for Sabah, is always under the watchful eye of environmentalists, bankers and consumer-related companies.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said on its part, the state Government will not tolerate environmental wrong-doings among planters.
"Environmental conservation is part and parcel of Sabah's economic development, as stated by various legislation and plans, including the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC).
"We are confident steps have been taken to improve standards by many at their estates and mills," he said at the launch of the Palmex Malaysia 2011 Exhibition at the Sandakan Community Hall here today.
His speech was read by State Industrial Development Minister, Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah.
Musa said the term "going green" is no longer just a fashionable statement in a corporate social responsibility brochure, but a necessary part of corporate strategy among companies dealing in the global commodity.
He added oil palm companies, their executives and government agencies must work together to create a path of sustainability.
He also said an essential component of sustainability is the optimal use of resources, especially palm oil biomass.
"Through the efforts of the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) in Lahad Datu, we are beginning to see the early stage of realising our desire to utilise fully, the millions of tonnes of plantation and mill waste in value-adding industries.
"The state government looks forward to seeing the realisation of "waste to wealth" ideals in using biomass, including in generating electricity," he added.
Musa commended companies that have started to respond to calls for sustainability in the oil palm supply chain and to those which have taken steps towards optimising the use of biomass.
He hoped the companies will become models for others who are interested in adopting green and sustainable management principles. (PNA/BERNAMA)