Having developed from a cottage based industry since the 1970’s, the Malaysian furniture industry had developed into a world class player with exports over RM 5 billion to over 160 countries. Furniture exports now accounts for about 30% of Malaysia’s total national woodbased earnings compared with a mere 2% a decade ago. The downstream valued adding strategy of the industry over the years have augured well for Malaysia and today, besides wood as raw material, Malaysian furniture encompasses a wide range of composite materials such as metal, glass and plastics.
With the emergence of competition in the global market, the MFPC has been entasked to plot the future of the industry, working closely with the industry and in tandem with national objectives, to establish Malaysia as the global hub of furniture in Asia. The MFPC will be structured to cater for the immediate and future needs of the industry predominantly focusing on image enhancement of Malaysian furniture in the global market, design creativity and awareness of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) among Malaysian manufacturers and also market development and marketing promotions.
The main objective of this move is to facilitate further exports of Malaysian furniture especially into the medium to higher and niche market segments of the world furniture market. To achieve these, the MFPC will also endeavour to open Government and private channels for the industry, conduct roadshows and training programmes.
The MFPC is chaired by Y Bhg Datuk Dr Abdullah Bin Mohd Tahir, Secretary General of the Ministry of Primary Industries, Malaysia. Datuk Dr Abdullah, 56, has held key positions in several Government ministries and public listed enterprises during his 33 years of service. Presently, he is also the Chairman of the Malaysian Rubber Board.
He presides over an eight (8) member Board of Trustees appointed by Y Bhg Dato’ Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik, Minister of Primary Industry comprising Puan Hajjah Fatimah Raya Nasron and Tuan Haji Nazuri Hashim Shah representing the Ministry of Primary Industries and Malaysian Timber Industry Board respectively. Also appointed to the Board are Dato’ Samsudin Abu Hassan, Mr Chung Kim Yew and Mr Yeoh Thart Seng representing the Malaysian Furniture Industry Council (MFIC) and Encik Ahmad Suradi from the Persatuan Pengusaha Kayu Kayan dan Perabot Bumiputra (PEKA). The Minister has also appointed Mr Tan Chin Huat of MIFF Sdn Bhd to sit on the Board of Trustees.
To manage the MFPC, Mr Paul Wang had been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer. Mr Wang, 40, is a graduate from Australia with over 17 years experience in the furniture industry. He has served as President of the Asean Furniture Industries Council (AFIC), Secretary General of the Council of Asia Pacific Furniture Associations (CAPFA), Secretary General of the Asean Forest Products Industry Club (AFPIC) and as Honorary Secretary General and Executive Director of the Malaysian Furniture Industry Council (MFIC).