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Malaysian Timber Certification Council

Forests cover over 18.48 million hectares in Malaysia, making up 56% of the land area. Of these forests, over 14.6 million hectares are Permanent Reserved Forest (PRF). The remaining 20% of forests are stateland and alienated forests or national parks, wildlife and bird sanctuaries.

The Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) is a certification system developed by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC). MTCS started operation in 2001 as a voluntary national timber certification system and comprises two components: Forest Management Certification and Chain of Custody Certification.

Certification under MTCS covers Permanent Reserved Forests and community-owned or managed forests in Malaysia. MTCS was the first tropical timber certification system in Southeast Asia to be endorsed by PEFC.

Who we are

Organizational Information

MTCC was established in October 1998 as an independent organisation to develop and operate the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).

As a voluntary national system, the MTCS provides for independent assessment of forest management practices, to ensure the sustainable management of Malaysia’s natural forest and forest plantations, as well as to meet the demand for certified timber products.

Who's Who

  • Datuk Himmat Singh - Chairman
  • Yong Teng Koon - National Secretary

Malaysian Timber Certification Council
C-08-05, Block C, Megan Avenue II
12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Yong Teng Koon
National Secretary
Tel: +603 216 122 98
Fax: +603 216 122 93

Endorsement Dates

  • Joined PEFC: 22 November 2002
  • First endorsement: 1 May 2009
  • First re-endorsement: 29 July 2014
  • Current endorsement valid until: 31 December 2019*

*This system has been granted an extraordinary endorsement extension to enable it to transition to the revised PEFC benchmark standards, due for completion in late 2017/early 2018.

Endorsement Documentation

MC&I Forest Plantations Standard
The MC&I Forest Plantations standard is a separate standard, under the Malaysian Timber Certification System. The second edition was re-endorsed on 3 June 2016.

PEFC Certified

Forests area: 304 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 19,800

(as of September 2017)
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