Malaysia Will Lobby Europe Against Palm Oil Ban – Plantation Minister

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KUALA LUMPUR (Mar 21) — Malaysia’s Plantation Minister said Thursday she will visit Europe in early-May in a last-ditch effort to dissuade the European Union Parliament against adopting measures to phase out palm oil.

Prior to the tabling of the delegated act in May, “I’ll visit the government leaders again to explain to them [and] to push for sustainable palm oil,” Teresa Kok told reporters after a meeting with palm oil producers.

“A lot of their political leaders and MPs don’t understand the actual situation here,” she said. “Many of them have never come to Malaysia or visited oil palm plantations.”

Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producing nation, also planned to send envoys to protest the European Union’s plans to ban palm oil as biofuel by 2030, weekly magazine Tempo reported citing Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution. 

– By Gan Pei Ling

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