MPO 100 Years


Join us in Malaysia to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Malaysian Palm Oil !



The Malaysian Palm Oil Council is proud to organize an online contest for the global consumers from Jan 10th – June 10th 2017, in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Malaysian Palm Oil. Enrol now to test your knowledge on Malaysian Palm Oil and stand a lifetime chance to win a free 7D6N trip to Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo.

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The oil palm (Elaeis Guineensis Jacq.) is synonymous with Malaysia. From what was an ornamental plant, this amazing crop has helped the country to reduce the socio-economic gap of its peoples and played a major role in charting the nation’s history.

As we celebrate Malaysian Palm Oil centenary in 2017, it’s worthwhile to reminisce some of the milestones that the industry has achieved and the attributes of palm oil that are often misunderstood or misinterpreted.



A Few Key Facts about Malaysia’s oil palm:

    • Plays a critical role in providing affordable, quality and nutritious food to more than three billion people worldwide.
    • Eight to ten times more productive than other major oil seed crops as well as highly efficient as denoted by its high output-to-input energy ratio.
    • Has a theoretical productivity of 18.5 tonnes of oil per hectare; making it potentially the crop in which the future of global food security might rely on, and
    • Highly versatile in uses including its waste, which can be converted to value-added products.





With a greater understanding of this amazing crop and its main produce, palm oil, one can truly grasp its contributions to Malaysia and the world.

The Beginning

It all began in 1917 when the foundation for the palm oil industry in Malaysia was created.


The oil palm is indigenous to West Africa. It was introduced to Peninsular Malaysia, then Malaya, in the 1870s by the British as an ornamental plant.

In 1905, Henri Fauconnier, a French entrepreneur, arrived in Malaya and later established a coffee plantation in Rantau Panjang, Selangor.

Uncertainties in coffee and rubber prices prompted Fauconnier to experiment with oil palm planting. He had heard about the oil palm from his friend in 1906 and in 1911, visited his friend’s oil palm plantation in Deli, Sumatera, to obtain a few seedlings (Deli Dura species) to plant.

Convinced that the crop was viable, Fauconnier finally decided to plant the crop for its oil at Tennamaram Estate in Selangor in 1917; effectively laying the foundation for the development of the palm oil industry in Malaysia.


FELDA’s large scale planting of oil palms has been recognized as a successful model for poverty eradication program in developing countries.

After Independence in 1957, the Malaya Government tasked the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) to address rural poverty by providing “land for the landless, jobs for the jobless”. With this policy, the poor were recruited as settlers in FELDA’s rural land development schemes by planting mainly rubber. However, progress was slow.




The breakthrough came when FELDA introduced the oil palm at its Taib Andak scheme in 1961. Thanks to its high productivity, the oil palm quickly replaced rubber and by 1967 became FELDA’s main crop.

When the recruitment stopped in 1990, a total of 112,635 rural poor, of whom 80% were dependent on the oil palm, had found employment across the country.

In recognition of this achievement, FELDA has been acknowledged by the United Nations and the World Bank as a successful model for poverty alleviation in developing countries.




Excellence in R&D transforms Malaysia as a global centre on oil palm research

Research has been an integral part of the Malaysian oil palm industry from the beginning. In the 1920s, the focus was on palm breeding and following the establishment of the Oil Palm Genetics Laboratory consortium in 1962, it was expanded to genetics and crop physiology.
The research work was further intensified when the government established the Malaysian Agricultural Research & Development Institute, Universiti Putra Malaysia, the Palm Oil Registration & Licensing Authority, the Palm Oil Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (PORIM) and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board. At the same time, the private plantations also continued to develop their own research facilities.




One remarkable achievement is development of palm oil’s downstream products. As palm oil is naturally semi-solid, it can be separated into liquid portion (olein) and solid portion (stearin).

This separation makes the oil suitable for use in almost any food application; from cooking oil to frying fats, shortening, margarine, specialty fats, confectionery fats and others. Also, foods made from mainly palm oil enjoy extended shelf life while maintaining their natural tastes; a few characteristics that are missing in foods prepared with other vegetable oils.


In recognition of its R&D excellence, Malaysia today is known as the global centre on oil palm research.


Intensive research on palm oil nutrition proves palm oil is nutritious and healthy

In the 1980s, the palm oil industry came under attack when a campaign was initiated; linking tropical oils to increased risk of heart diseases. This forced food manufacturers to replace tropical oils including palm oil from their products with hydrogenated vegetable oils.

The Malaysian government and PORIM intensified research on palm oil nutrition to investigate this claim. The studies have concluded that palm oil, despite its relatively high degree of saturation, is nutritious and exhibits several health attributes.



Like other vegetable oils, palm oil is cholesterol-free. It is also nature’s richest source of anti-oxidants Pro-Vitamin A carotenoids and Vitamin E. Ongoing research has shown that Vitamin E tocotrienols, which is particularly abundant in palm oil, is more potent anti-oxidant than its sibling, Vitamin E tocopherols.


Moreover, palm oil does not require partial hydrogenation for use in most food applications and thus is trans-fat free. This is because partial hydrogenation of vegetable oil not only ’hardens’ the oil but also produces trans fat. New research has shown that trans fat is more harmful to health than saturated fats.


Presently, palm oil is touted as a suitable replacement for hydrogenated vegetable oils; while recognized by the WHO/FAO as wholesome, nutritious and, suitable for human consumption


Malaysia is one of the biggest producers and exporters of palm–based oleochemicals


The oil palm produces two types of oil – palm oil from the flesh of the fruit and palm kernel oil from the seed. Other than food, these oils can also be used as feedstock for non-food applications particularly in the production of oleochemicals.



Benefitting from an uninterrupted supply of palm oil and palm kernel oil on which it is nearly totally dependent, the Malaysian oleochemical industry began to flourish in the 1980s. Initially, local producers manufactured basic oleochemicals such as fatty acids, fatty alcohols, methyl esters and glycerine. However, due to global demand and new technology, they started to produce oleo derivatives and consumer or industrial end products.

Today, the Malaysian oleochemical industry is a world leader in the sector.
With 19 active oleochemical plants capable of producing 2.7 mil tonnes in combined capacity, Malaysia produces at least 20% of global production.

Leader in Sustainability

The Malaysian palm oil industry is the world’s leader in palm oil sustainability


Palm oil is the world’s leading vegetable oil and each year millions of tonnes of this commodity are traded to satisfy the world’s demands. Naturally, this has resulted in a steady expansion of oil palm areas. However, there are concerns on its sustainability and impact on the environment.

In 2004, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was set up to promote the production and use of sustainable palm oil through credible global standards and engagement with multiple stakeholders. After years of consultation, the RSPO’s Principles & Criteria for sustainable production of palm oil were implemented in November 2007 with issuance of its certification took place months later.

Malaysia became the first country in the world to produce and export certified sustainable palm oil when one of its palm oil companies received the inaugural RSPO certification in August 2008. Today, Malaysia accounts for 42% of global production of RSPO-certified palm oil.

In addition, Malaysia is also committed to keeping its pledge made at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit where it assured the world audience that it would maintain at least 50% of its total land area under permanent forest cover at all times.




Malaysia takes sustainability and transparency to the next level with the release of the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standards and certification scheme


The Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard was initiated in 2013 to bring the industry to a higher level of sustainability and transparency. While the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) scheme is important in palm oil certification, its standard was challenging for most small farmers to meet. This is precisely what gives MSPO a point of difference with RSPO. Simply, it is the ability to have all groups of producers to meet a broad range of standards that provide an assurance of sustainability and traceability.

Following a pilot programme in 2014, about 28 plantation companies and small farmers in Malaysia have received the MSPO certification; covering a total planted area of more than 0.21 million hectares nationwide to date.

Take a look at the MSPO Standards :  





Join The Contest

From Jan 10th – June 10th 2017, join our online contest and stand chance to win a  free 7D6N trip to Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo !

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Palm To Plate Recipe Book

In addition to the contest, we are giving away 10 copies of this gorgeous limited edition hard cover coffee table book every month.  10 lucky entrants will be chosen at random to will receive a FREE copy of this book.


February 2017 Winner !
Congratulations to Ms. Fatma Ali Mohamed from Egypt

The following are lucky participants of this contest, who have been randomly selected to receive a free copy of the Palm to Plate recipe book.


March 2017

  • *Jessie John Acebu, The Philippines
  • *Rohit, India
  • *Nicholas Rigby, Australia
  • *Omar Abdel Aziz Ahmed, Egypt
  • *Shum Keng Yan, Malaysia
  • *Cecilia Chui, Malaysia
  • *Gaudencio Pangilinan, The Philippines
  • *Nur Aida Ab. Ghani, Malaysia
  • *P Suryaprakash, India
  • *Eman Abuelazn Hassab Allah, Egypt

February 2017

  • * Nur Aida Ab. Ghani, Malaysia
  • * Ion Stanila, Romania
  • * Abraham Akor, Nigeria
  • * Tarachand Gupta, India
  • * Mahmoud Shalaby, Egypt
  • * Ceanry Ayub, Malaysia
  • * Aarron Beck, UK
  • * Muhammad Hassan, Egypt
  • * Sajid Aziz, Pakistan
  • * Kashif Khatri, Pakistan


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