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Malaysia’s forests have been and continue to be of major national economic importance. Timber from the forests was a major income earner in Malaysia in the 1960s until the 1990s and played a critical role in Malaysia’s economic development. There is now a much greater emphasis on sustainable forest management so that the forest resources will be sustained for future generations. Besides timber, there are many other non-timber forest products such as rattan, agarwood (gaharu), gums, resins, edible oils, medicines and food items which are collected both for domestic use and for trade.

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