Oil palm (Elaies guineensis) was anaboriginal crop from West Africa and growing as a wild plant. However, in early1879, it was introduced by the British to Malaysia as an ornamental plant andlater was developed into agricultural crop for producing vegetable oil.Nowadays, palm oil has become the most widely produced and leading vegetableoil worldwide. As studied by Ferdousand Halima (2015), previous research indicated that oil palm production help toenhance the socio-economic development of a nation. Not astoundingly, oil palmhas become the major driving forces of Malaysia’s agro-industry and turn out tobe the fourth largest contributor to the national economy. Considering theimportance of this golden crop toward the development of our country, oil palmin our nation is regulated by Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).
This body isresponsible to develop policies, guidelines and practices for stakeholders.As of 2016, Malaysiahas cultivated up to 5.74 million hectares of land purposely for oil palmplantation and generated approximately RM64.6 billion revenues from the exportof oil palm products (MPOB, 2017). Additionally, Malaysian Palm Oil Council(MPOC) stated that Malaysia holds an account of 39% and 44% for both world palmoil production and world exports record perpendicularly.
Thus, being among thetop exporters and producers of oil palm and its products, Malaysia plays animportant role in order to fulfil the growing supply and demand need of oilsand fats globally (MPOC, 2017).However, regardless of the vast potential of palm oil industryin Malaysia, numerous issues are raising and considered giving a noteworthyimpact on the bid to its glory. Among the issues are labour shortage, highcompetition from nearby countries, ageing trees, biodiversity, environmentalissues such as hazard and deforestation, local community problem demandadequate attention in order to pave the way for the sustainable development ofpalm oil industry in Malaysia, and plant infections.