Palm oil is very much a part of our daily lifestyle. It can be found in everything from toothpastes, soaps, and detergents to more than half of the packaged foods found on supermarket shelves, as the versatile oil can be used for both food and non-food products. As an industry, palm oil contributed RM38.5bil to the country’s Gross Domestic Product last year, with oil palm plantations occupying over 5 million hectares of land in Malaysia.

To mark the centennial celebration of the industry in Malaysia, here are some special images that each tell a story about the different facets of the industry. – Compiled by Wong Li Za

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Plantation managers must be careful to keep the land free of pest-attracting undergrowth. Photo: The Star/Azman Ghani

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Tyto alba, or barn owls, are used in the biological control of destructive rats on plantations, as seen here at the Sime Darby plantation on Carey Island. Photo: The Star/Azman Ghani

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The oil palm produces two types of oils; crude palm oil from the fibrous mesocarp (pictured) and crude palm kernel oil from the kernels inside the fruits. Photo: The Star/Azman Ghani

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Malaysia’s certification standard allows small farmers to voluntarily contribute to the sustainable cultivation of oil palm. Photo: Malaysian Palm Oil Council

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Besides being a top source of vegetable oil, oil palm is also a food source for wildlife. Photo: Malaysian Palm Oil Council

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Smallholders have been important players since the early years of the Malaysian palm oil industry and now own about 40% of the planted areas. Photo: Malaysian Palm Oil Council

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Studies of weevils that pollinate oil palm reveal that the species Elaeidobius kamerunicus can increase productivity thanks to its ability to carry more pollen and adapt to a new climate. Photo: Malaysian Palm Oil Council

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The oil palm species commonly planted in Malaysia is Tenera (DxP), a cross between Dura and Pisifera. Photo: Malaysian Palm Oil Council

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Soap was one of the earliest products made from palm-based oleochemicals. Photo: Malaysian Palm Oil Council


More stories on Malaysian palm oil at www.thestar.com.my/oilpalm

Proof of assurance to the global customer
100 glorious years of palm oil in Malaysia
Milestones in the palm oil industry
Palm oil industry poised for greater growth
Malaysian palm oil industry undaunted by smear campaigns
A council with clout
IOI Group’s Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng is bullish on palm oil’s propects
IOI Corporation Bhd is one of the most fully integrated plantation companies in the world
Genting Plantations Berhad moves forward with technology
Sime Darby Bhd continues to innovate, pushing the palm oil agenda to the fore
KLK growing from strength to strength
Felda – an economic powerhouse
Malaysia is ready to put in place a national sustainable palm oil certification