Malaysian Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, the Hon. Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong is a veteran of politics. He hails from Perak, one of the top three palm oil-producing states in Peninsular Malaysia and an area with a long history of commodity development. He grew up in his constituency, Teluk Intan, seeing at first-hand the positive impact of palm oil on the livelihood of smallholders.

He was appointed to his current portfolio in June. In an interview, he speaks on a range of issues that involve Malaysia’s palm oil industry.

Could you tell our international readers about your political career?

I first entered Parliament in 1999. From 2004-2006, I held the post of Deputy Trade Minister, after which I was the Minister for Agriculture and Agro-based Industry for two years. I left Parliament in 2009. Between 2010 and 2013, I was Chairman of the Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation.

In 2014, I returned to Parliament and was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, before becoming the Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities. So I have experience across the portfolios of both trade and agriculture.


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