Malaysia produces timber mainly in the form of saw logs, sawn timber, fibreboard, plywood, mouldings and veneer sheets. For 2014, the timber industry contributed RM20.52 billion to the country's export earnings. This value is higher than the RM19.53 billion in 2013
Malaysia is the 27th largest producer and the 6th largest grinder of cocoa beans in the world. Cocoa beans are the second most expensive commodity exported by Malaysia after pepper, valued at RM 7,364 per tonne in the first quarter of 2015.
Malaysia is one of the world's major producers of pepper. Product quality of Malaysian pepper is better known in the world market since Sarawak Pepper has obtained recognition of Geographical Indication (GI) of the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO).
The GI recognition makes the country's pepper is believed to be products, quality and high visibility on the world market. Pepper countries now have markets in over 50 countries including Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, the United States and the European Union.
Kenaf has been identified as short-term crops with commercial potential and a 'New Sources of Growth'. Through the enforcement of the National Kenaf and Tobacco Board (LKTN) 2009 [Act 692], LKTN is responsible for ensuring viable kenaf plants grown as cash crops and new crop alternatives to tobacco. The Government through LKTN provides support and special assistance to former tobacco farmers and small farmers, especially in Terengganu, Pahang and Kelantan.
Due to the energy crisis in 1973-1974, the Government has introduced a range of policies to improve the energy security. Previously, the Malaysian energy policy was focused on the use of oil and gas. However, a policy on Renewable Energy was introduced in year 2001 to find alternatives to existing energy sources.
As a measure to enhance energy security, the government has encouraged the palm oil industry to conduct research on biofuels potential while providing assistance to the same. As a result, in 2006, the National Biofuels Policy has been launched to provide a framework and road map towards facilitating the development of biofuels sector.
Meanwhile, in 2007 the Malaysian Biofuels Industry Act 666 was enacted to streamline the licensing and regulate the country's biofuels industry. This Act came into effect on August 1, 2008.