Oil Palm

Sabah Softwoods Berhad first Oil Palm Plantation estate was developed in 1981 to 1988 planting with an area of only about 500 hectares. In 1995, 15,000 hectares was initiated with various year of planting until year 2001. To date, Sabah Softwoods Berhad Oil Palm Plantation has been cultivated over 34,011.20 hectares from its land bank of 60,618 hectares. With this acceleration process in the oil palm sector, Sabah Softwoods Berhad Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) annual output is expected to exceed 560,000 MT by year 2020 which surpasses the raw material requirement to feed two CPO Mills with a capacity of 60 MT per hour for Dumpas Palm Oil Mill and 90 MT for Kapilit Palm Oil Mill:


The location of Mill and Estates are located within the District of Tawau:

No. Operating Units Category Officer
Distance From Tawau Town (KM) Latitute Longtitude MSPO Certified
1. Cenderamata Oil Palm Estate Bridger K. Thomas 53 4° 30’ 43.1" 117° 43’ 14.5" Yes
2. Dumpas Oil Palm Estate Mohd. R. Rahmat 53 4° 30’ 43.1" 117° 43’ 14.5" Yes
3. Sungai Indit Oil Palm Estate Margat Sahron 70 4° 39’ 38.3" 117° 41’ 52.2" Yes
4. Sungai Indit 2 Oil Palm Estate Hj. Amari Maddi 82 4° 31’ 37.4" 117° 30’ 33.6" -
5. Banita Oil Palm Estate Carlston N. Azun 65 4° 31’ 37.4" 117° 30’ 33.6" -
6. Kapilit Oil Palm Estate Jakson Matanggal 79 4° 31’ 37.4" 117° 30’ 33.6" Yes
7. Bukit Batu Oil Palm Estate Jali Hj. Adul 82 4° 31’ 55.8" 117° 29’ 31.5" Yes
8. Mawang Oil Palm Estate Rashid Hussein 83 4° 33’ 23.2" 117° 28’ 58.9" Yes
9. Kumansi Oil Palm Estate Masiara Hj. Marsuki 91 4° 28’ 42.4" 117° 26’ 58.6" Yes
10. Bukit Tukok Oil Palm Estate Donald Lutam 87 4° 27’ 37.9" 117° 29’ 40.3" Yes
11. Kapilit Palm Oil Mill Palm Oil Mill Hj. Mohd. Don Bolong 80 4° 30’ 14.1" 117° 31’ 26.9" Yes

In the immediate vicinity of the mill and all the estates are other oil palm plantations namely, Benta Wawasan ,Teck guan, Usahawan Borneo , and villages namely, Kg. Merotai, and Kg. Kalabakan. There are two Virgin Jungle Reserves (VJRs) located under the care of Forestry Department borded with Mawang and Bukit Tukok Estates.

As of December 2016, Oil Palm Plantation includes ten (10) Estates with total of planted Mature area 25,653.04 ha (10,681.04 ha Kalum Region and 14,972.00ha Kalabakan Region) and FFB production of 411,547.53 tones (121,809.28 tones Kalum Region and 289,738.25 tones Kalabakan Region).

No. Oil Palm Estates Total Area (Ha) Planted Area (Ha) Percentage of Planted Area (%) Campsite Survey Area (Ha) FFB Production (Tonnes)
A. Kalum Region
1. Cenderamata Estate 4,058.10 3,481.62 85.79 22.26 53,374.06
2. Dumpas Estate 4,162.25 3,475.12 83.49 27.77 49,597.07
3. Sungai Indit Estate 2,612.16 2,323.86 88.96 60.40 18,838.15
4. Sungai Indit 2 Estate 1,597.32 1,400.43 87.67 - -
5. Banita Estate 3,173.67 - - - -
B. Kalabakan Region
6. Kapilit Estate 3,137.07 2,471.60 78.79 29.00 51,456.65
7. Bukit Batu Estate 3,812.79 3,008.00 78.89 31.76 61,199.03
8. Mawang Estate 3,888.79 3,256.44 83.74 25.30 57,411.59
9. Kumansi Estate 3,815.11 3,184.78 83.47 24.20 63,199.43
10. Bukit Tukok Estate 3,753.94 3,051.18 80.32 28.57 56,471.55
11. Kapilit Palm Oil Mill
Total 34,011.20 25,653.04 75.42 259.55 411,547.53

Kapilit Palm Oil Mill

Kapilit Palm Oil Mill (KPOM) is the first of its kind in Sabah and second in Malaysia that met all Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB) licensing requirement. The construction of the mill began in 2008 onwards to 2010 running on 45MT, by 2013 KPOM was upgraded to operates a 90 Metric Ton (MT) FFB per hour. The complex further upgrades its efficiency by adding the Dried Long Fibre plant and establishing a 1MW Biogas Power Station.

Dumpas Palm Oil Mill

Dumpas Palm Oil Mill (DPOM) is a joint venture project between Sabah Softwoods Berhad and Regional Harvest Sdn. Bhd. (RHSB). RHSB currently operates a 60 Metric Ton (MT) Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) per hour. Crude Palm Oil (CPO) processing mill in Dumpas which is located in the bigger parcel of land of SSB known as the Brumas block. Based on the current capacity, the mill is able to produce an annual output of 72,000 MT of CPO.

Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO)

Sabah Softwoods Berhad (SSB) has registered with the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) to be member of MSPO on 24th April 2015. The company obtained MSPO Certification for Group certification and Mill on 1st April 2016. (Click here to view: SSB MSPO Certificate)

The Group certification includes the eight (8) Estates and one (1) Mill namely, a. Sg.Indit, Dumpas, Cenderamata, Kapilit, Mawang, Bukit Batu, Bukit Tukok, Kumansi and Kapilit Palm Oil Mill (KPOM). SSB's Senior Manager Environment & Conservation Ram Nathan (ram@softwoods.com.my), is appointed as the management representative for MSPO certification.

TUV NORD (Malaysia) company as the Certification Body (CB). CB has applied for accreditation for MSPO scheme under DSM (Department of Standard Malaysia) in order to issue accredited certificate. Thus, re-certification for Group certification foe Estates and Mill is on 13-17 March 2017 during audit in order to issue an accredited MSPO certificate which is the requirements for oil palm industry under the jurisdiction of Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) is now the scheme owner.

The company has developed several policy statements with commitment for sustainability.

All the policies of the company is clearly displayed on notice boards and being briefed to staff, workers and contractors.

Some of the Management documents placed at the estates and mill offices for publicly available upon request.

The policies and management documents mentioned are as follows:


No. Policy(s)
2. Environmental Statement
3. Social
4. Gender
5. Child Protection
6. Health, Safety and Environment
7. Sexual Harassment
8. Prevention on Workplace Violence
9. Sexual Harassment & Gender Discrimination
10. Zero Burning
11. Pemuliharaan Hidupan Liar
12. Equal Employment
13. Freedom of Association Statement
14. Minimum Age
15. Human Right

Management Document(s)

No. Management Document(s)
a. Standard Operating Procedure (Estate and Mill)
b. Waste Management
c. Land Title
d. Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
e. High Conservation Value (HCV)
f. Grievances and Complaints Procedure
g. Safety and Health Plans
h. Annual Reports
i. Government Laws and Regulations
j. Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP)

All levels of employees have continuously committed to implement MSPO. The company has standard operating procedures for best practices to ensure sustainable production of safe and quality palm oil products.