Palm Oil Processing

University Roadshow 2019—2022

All events in 2021 are online synchronous sessions. Updates are also available on social media and by email to members. (rev 20 Oct 2021)


There is so much controversy around palm oil outside Malaysia that we forget to look within and appreciate what we have that we are truly blessed with. Our former Minister of Primary Industries (2018—2020) YB Teresa Kok did exactly that with a soft launch of the Love MY Palm Oil Campaign on 8 January 2019.

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.

Since August 2021, this campaign is continued by YB Datuk Hajah Zuraida Kamaruddin as the Minister of MPIC (2021-Present).

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.


The upcoming events are scheduled as follow:

  1. Xiamen University Malaysia — 27 November 2021

Please save the date to your calendar.

List of completed roadshow:

  1. University Tunku Abdul Rahman — 16 August 2019
  2. Monash University Malaysia — 30 September 2019
  3. University Malaya — 09 October 2019
  4. Xiamen University Malaysia — 06 November 2019
  5. University Nottingham Malaysia — 04 December 2019
  6. UCSI — 13 January 2020
  7. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) — 19 February 2020
  8. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia — 04 March 2020
  9. Swinburne University (Sarawak), Curtin University Sarawak, Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah & Universiti Malaysia Sarawak — 21 October 2020
  10. Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) — 19 November 2020
  11. SEGi University, Selangor, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) — 01 December 2020
  12. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) — 22 February 2021
  13. Universiti Malaya (UM), University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) — 10 April 2021
  14. Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) — 25 May 2021
  15. UCSI — 31 July 2021
  16. East Malaysia Month (Curtin University Malaysia, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, University College of Technology Sarawak, Universiti Teknologi Brunei, Institut Teknologi dan Sains Bandung) — 14 September 2021
  17. University of Nottingham Malaysia — 06 November 2021

Contact us

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

Appreciation to MPOC

We are pleased to announce that MPOC has agreed to support the POPSIG University Roadshow. The 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.



  1. (a) 20190816-UTAR; (b) UTAR Carey Island Visit
  2. 20190930-Monash University Malaysia
  3. 20191009-University of Malaya
  4. 20191106-Xiamen University Malaysia
  5. 20191204-University of Nottingham Malaysia
  6. 20200113-UCSI
  7. 20200219-Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  8. 20200304-Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
  9. Rise of POPSIG 1st University Webinar Roadshow (2019-2021)