By Erda Khursyiah Basir
JASIN (Bernama) -- Malaysia is known for its rich diversity of natural treasures, including forests brimming with trees like "cengal", "jati", "jelutong" and "meranti" that possess high commercial value.
Then, there is the agarwood tree from which the agarwood essential oil is derived and for which there is good demand internationally.
If the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has its own way, one of those trees would have been "crowned" Malaysia's national tree.
"We don't have an official tree or national tree yet, although we have the hibiscus flower as our national flower.
"If we have a national tree, we will have a strong symbol that's fresh and alive to help in our efforts to preserve and conserve our forests," said FRIM director-general Datuk Dr Abd Latif Mohmod.....