It will cre­ate de­mand for rub­ber, ben­e­fit small­hold­ers

New Straits Times - - News - NOR AIN MO­HAMED RADHI SUBANG JAYA ain­

THE Plan­ta­tion In­dus­tries and Com­modi­ties Min­istry hopes that rubberised cy­cle lanes can be im­ple­mented in the fu­ture.

Its min­is­ter, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, said as the coun­try was con­struct­ing rubberised roads, rubberised cy­cle lanes should also be a way for­ward.

“I hope there will be rubberised cy­cle lanes.

“How­ever, it de­pends on the out­come of the pi­lot projects of the rubberised roads,” he said at the Malaysi­aHatyai “Com­pas­sion­ate Cy­cling Project” in Puchong yes­ter­day.

He said the move would cre­ate sus­tain­able de­mand for rub­ber, and ben­e­fit some 440,000 rub­ber small­hold­ers.

Three rubberised road projects at three sites are be­ing car­ried out in Se­lan­gor and Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan.

Twenty-two cy­clists par­tic­i­pated in the char­ity cy­cling project.

Start­ing at the Puchong Busi­ness Park on Feb 23, the cy­clists, from Team Nato and Storck Club Malaysia, com­pleted a 717km jour­ney to Hatyai, Thai­land.

Cy­clist Paul Phuah, 36, said the char­ity ride raised RM50,000, which will be do­nated to char­ity homes.

“The ride was to pro­mote a healthy life­style through cy­cling, as well as do­ing our bit for those in need.

“We are plan­ning to do a sim­i­lar ride in fu­ture, maybe up to Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land, to raise more funds.”

Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong

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