Tenegang, Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia
Cheerful nursery workers from Sulawesi, Indonesia – Bugis Muslims.
Young oil palms
Palm oil is now an important energy source widely acknowledged as a versatile and nutritious vegetable oil. Production in Malaysia has increased from only 1.3 million tonnes in 1975, through 4.1 million tonnes in 1985 and 7.8 million tonnes in 1995 to 18.2 million tonnes in 2010/11.
Malaysia supplies 27.1% of world total palm oil and together with Indonesia, supply over one half of total trade in vegetable oils.
To those who wish to know more of the benefits from this oil and its products, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) provides real time information via their website here.