Palm Oil Processing
University Roadshow 2019—2022
Most events are online synchronous sessions. Updates are also available on social media and by email to members. (rev 08 February 2022)
Palm oil is the most sustainable edible oil in the world, with 3.8 tons palm oil produced per hectare. The benefits of palm oil on health include protecting brain functions, reducing heart disease risk and improving vitamin A status. In transgenic Alzheimer's disease (AD) animal model, the chemical components in palm oil exert neuroprotective effects in neuronal cells and attenuate oxidative stress, inflammation and apoptosis. As palm oil is the top export product in Malaysia, several campaigns have been introduced by the ministry at the government of Malaysia.
POPSIG roadshow aims to provide a platform for students to learn more about the roles of chemical engineers in palm oil industry. It also addresses accurate perceptions and promotes various career opportunities in the industry.
Palm oil campaigns
Love My Palm Oil
The former Minister of Primary Industries (MPI, 2018—2020) in Malaysia, YB Teresa Kok Suh Sim did a soft launch of the Love MY Palm Oil campaign on 8 January 2019. The seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad officially launched the campaign organised by MPI on 24 March 2019 on Pulau Carey, Selangor, Malaysia. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad has been very supportive of the palm oil industry as it is a major contributor to the economy and rural poverty eradication.
Sawit Anugerah Tuhan
The effort to disseminate accurate perception was continued in the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) with YB Dato' Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali as the Minister of MPIC (2020-2021). On 22 July 2020, he stated that Love MY Palm Oil campaign was rebranded to 'Sawit Anugerah Tuhan' or Palm Oil is God's Gift campaign.
Malaysian Palm Oil Full of Goodness
In August 2021, YB Datuk Hajah Zuraida Kamaruddin sworn in as the Minister of MPIC (2021-Present). On 5 January 2022, the minister launched 'Minyak Sawit Malaysia Penuh Kebaikan' (Malaysian Palm Oil Full of Goodness) campaign and 'Mari Kenali Sawit' (Let's Get to Know Palm Oil) books during Reach & Remind Friends Of The Industry Seminar 2022 & Dialogue.
Malaysian Palm Oil Full of Goodness reflects many benefits of palm oil and palm-based products. It is good for health, environment, sustainability, livelihood, and prosperity. The books were introduced to educate the younger generations on the benefits of palm oil. The books outline the contributions of palm oil industry to the national socio-economy and the livelihood of the generations that pioneer the industry.
Understand palm oil industry
Many Malaysians already use palm oil for cooking because it is the cheapest cooking oil in the market. Some believe what is imported and more expensive is better, and believe foreign media streamed on smart phones. What they do not realise is how healthy it is as well as value for money.
The crude oil glut of 2015 saw many people including chemical engineers in the oil and gas industry losing their jobs. While the oil and gas industry has recovered somewhat, it is not recruiting as many fresh engineering graduates. Chemical engineering undergraduates are no longer eyeing the oil and gas industry as the top employer. Should they consider the palm oil industry which is the fourth largest export revenue earner after the second which is petroleum products?
- Is the palm oil industry sustainable?
- Is it safe?
- What are the career prospects?
- What is the salary?
These questions will be answered at the POPSIG University Roadshow 2019—2022 where POPSIG members will visit the 24 universities in Malaysia offering chemical engineering degree courses. There will be a two hour highly interactive session with speakers from IChemE, the Malaysia Palm Oil Council (MPOC), the palm oil industry as well as academia.
There will also be a field trip to one of the sectors of the industry viz plantation, oil mill, crusher, refinery or oleochemical plant.
If you would like the roadshow to visit your university, ask your lecturer who is in charge of the chemical engineering student chapter to contact Mr Vincent Tiang Soon Thai, Roadshow Director.
If you are a chemical engineer working in the palm oil industry and want to volunteer to be a speaker at roadshow, please contact the Roadshow Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
POPSIG Roadshow was one of the Top 20 best Youth Sustainable Projects, which were selected by the Delegation of European Union to ASEAN, in collaboration with ASEAN Secretariat in 2022.
Appreciation to MPOC
We are pleased to announce that Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) has agreed to support the POPSIG University Roadshow since 2019. MPOC is a corporate body with a mission to promote the market expansion of Malaysian palm oil and its products by enhancing the image of palm oil and creating better acceptance through awareness of various technological and economic advantages (techno-economic advantages) and environmental sustainability.