Tawau: The Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB) has pulled out from the organising committee of the Malaysian Cocoa Festival to be held here from Nov 7 to 11.
The event was jointly organised by MCB, Tawau Municipal Council and the Teck Guan Group for the past eight years.
MCB Director-General, Datuk Dr Azhar Ismail on Monday said the decision to withdraw was made after the board’s appeal to change the date of the festival was turned down by the organising committee at a meeting recently.
“The board suggested a new date for the Malaysian Cocoa Festival as the present one falls during the month of Ramadan. But unfortunately, our appeal was not granted.
“So for this year, MCB will not be part of the organising committee of the festival,” he said when met at a workshop on ways to protect cocoa crops, here.