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Inauguration of The Kepong Forestry College

On this day in 1973, the Prime Minister, The Most Honourable Tun Abdul Razak bin Hussein, inaugurated the Kepong Forestry College.  This college was established in 1972 under the Second Malaysia Plan, with aids from the United Nations (Food and Agriculture Organisation) and the MARA Institute of Technology.  The construction cost close to RM500,000.  The Forestry College provided three-year diploma courses.  Every year, a total of 30 students were taken in.  Student entry to this College was managed by the Registrar of MARA Institute of Technology in Petaling Jaya.  The college was located in the Kepong Forestry Research Institute administered by the Forestry Department, Training and Special Functions Division.  In his speech, Tun Abdul Razak stressed that the government carried out careful and regular monitoring on logging activities in the area.  The purpose of the monitoring was solely to ensure a more effective utilisation of the forest and not just to focus on the best and certain types of wood only.  In order to achieve this aim, a policy to rebuild forest reserves had to be implemented systematically.  Therefore, it became the main task of the college to train more students to overcome the problem of manpower shortage in implementing this policy.  With the establishment of this Forestry College, it was hoped that the national forestry program could be implemented successfully.

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