French leaders admit negative campaign on Malaysian palm oil baseless

Several French Parliamentarians and political leaders have admitted the negative campaign of the European Union on Malaysian palm oil is unfounded, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. The views were expressed by members of Parliament and politicians of France in a meeting with Dr Wan Azizah at a hotel here. “The members of Parliament said they have gone to Malaysia and felt that Malaysia has a good environment and admitted that our palm oil has received negative publicity.”

Dr M: EU told Malaysia will retaliate if discrimination against palm oil continues

Malaysia has told the European Union (EU) that it will retaliate if the EU continues to discriminate palm oil, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The Prime Minister said aside from France, the government had written to all the heads of government of the EU regarding the matter. “We have pointed out to them that we will need to retaliate if they continue with this unfair discrimination against palm oil,” he said.

Malaysia to retaliate if EU discriminates against palm oil

Malaysia will consider retaliating against the European Union (EU) if it goes ahead with its unfair measures against palm oil, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The Prime Minister said the government had agreed that Malaysia should be more aggressive on the matter.

Be more aggressive over EU phase-out of palm oil

Putrajaya needs to take a more aggressive approach to tackle the European Union’s (EU) decision to phase out palm oil from transport fuel used in that trading bloc, says the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda). Felda director-general Datuk Dr Othman Omar said this is a purely business strategy for some EU member nations. “In the past they said the cultivation of palm oil here caused deforestation, but we have stopped planting in new areas. Next they said palm oil is not green. I think as far as the lobby is concerned, they look at oil palm as more efficient and more people are attracted to produce more, so they need to kill it before it becomes their biggest competitor.

Crude palm oil prices forecast to be higher this year

THE oil palm industry has played an important role in the economy. The planted area expanded from 55,000ha in 1960 to 5.849 million hectares last year. In tandem with the area expansion, the production of palm oil also grew from less than 100,000 tonnes in 1960 to 19.516 million tonnes last year. This expansion, especially in the 1960s, was encouraged by the diversification strategy of the government, which recognised palm oil as a complementary crop to rubber.
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