LETTER: We have just heard the news that our own Tan Sri B.C. Sekhar, known in Malaysia as the father of the nation's natural rubber industry, will be honoured in Kerala, India. Kerala is the main rubber growing state in India, and Sekhar apparently had his roots there. Sekhar, a chemist by training, was the first Malaysian director of the world renowned Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia (RRIM). He was a respected figure in the global rubber circle. It was during his tenure at RRIM that the reputation of RRIM soared.
The high-impact Kedah Rubber City (KRC) project in Padang Terap has so far attracted potential investments of more than RM2.1 billion with more than 5,000 jobs generated by local rubber industry players. Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor said buoyed by the attractive and comprehensive fiscal incentive package, the industry players had given their commitment to be part of the project which is expected to start operating in the second quarter of next year.