BIOGRAPHY

Pang Teck Wai
An economist by training, he taught economics at the University of New South Wales, Australia from 1979 to 1985. In 1992-1993, he was the Director of Centre for Borneo Studies at Yayasan Sabah. In 1999 he was seconded to Chief Minister’s Department from Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) as Economic Advisor to the Chief Minister and as Advisor, to Ministry of Industrial Development. Presently, he is the Chief Executive Officer, POIC Sabah Sdn. Bhd. Datuk Dr. Pang is also an Associate Research Fellow of Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER); Member, Panel of Advisors MIER; Economic Advisor to the Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce; Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry; National Council Member of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Malaysia. And, Adjunct Professor, University Malaysia Sabah.

Abstract
The Role of POIC LahadDatu in Industrialising Sabah and How Geospatial and Surveying Communities Can Contribute
At 1.44 million hectares, Sabah is the largest oil palm growing state in Malaysia. POIC LahadDatu was formed in 2005 to further develop this massive resource especially in the area of downstream potentials. It does so by providing adequate basic and specialised infrastructure. As it stands, Sabah is now ready in terms of resource availability and requisite infrastructure for an all out development of this single largest industrial sector. This industry is estimated to be worth about RM100 billion in development potentials. And, the surveyor’s community has a role in this growth path. Moving forward, the oil palm industry, both in terms of further upstream (plantations) and downstream (palm derivatives) potentials contain good opportunities for geospatial and surveying technologies. This paper explores geospatial technology involving remote sensing, geographical information system, geographical positioning system and how these may add value to the oil palm sector. And to explore how modern surveying technologies may have wide applications for land development, logistics management, environment monitoring, natural resource management and crop production monitoring (productivity, pest, disease, plant nutrition) and public safety.
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