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Rubberwood shortages hit users in Malaysia

Users of Rubberwood sawntimber continue to experience serious supply shortages. Despite the higher prices for sawn Rubberwood, up by at least 20%, the supply still could not satisfy demand.

One of the main reason put forward by the trade for this situation is the manpower issue. A large number of illegal foreign workers who were working in the Rubberwood sawmilling industry decided to leave the country after taking up the Government's offer of amnesty from prosecution if the left voluntarily . The Rubberwood sawmilling sector, particularly the mobile sawmills were traditionally operated by foreign workers but now the industry needs to adjust to the new situation.

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