Reasons to make a mockery of conservation science

Britain should reintroduce wolves and bears, Greece should allow lions to roam the Pindos mountains and gorillas might be suited for Spain, a group of some of the world’s poorest countries is demanding. In addition, says the Coalition of Financially Challenged Countries with Lots of Trees (Cofcclot), the G8 countries should plant up to 75% of their land with trees to stabilise the global climate.

A spokesman for Cofcclot said:… Read More


A Scam Behind the Australian Palm Oil Labelling Bill?

Western NGOs have been using the Victoria Zoos network to mount anti palm oil campaigns in Australia by making allegations linking palm oil production to deforestation and orang utan habitat destruction. Heightened publicity is needed in these campaigns and signatures of sympathizers have been carefully obtained to show public support. The campaign provides Western NGOs a platform for a much needed publicity profile. A Bill was then tabled in the … Read More


MPOC Continues Defence Against Australian Palm Oil Labelling Bill

Today, representatives from the Malaysian palm oil industry appeared before a public hearing of the Australian House Standing Committee on Economics to provide testimony and answer questions regarding the Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling – Palm Oil) Bill 2011. The delegation, appearing before the Committee to outline concerns and the implications of the legislation to the Malaysian palm oil industry, included: His Excellency Dato Salman Ahmad, High Commissioner of … Read More


The Oil Palm Quarterly Newsletter, Edition II

Turning Challenges Into Opportunities

The Malaysian palm oil industry continues to focus on advancing policies to support its businesses, consumers and the workers of Malaysia and its global partners. In May, the Governments of Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to establish the European Palm Oil Council (EPOC). EPOC will provide Malaysia and Indonesia a collective platform to address critical issues facing the world today such as access to food and clean … Read More


RSPO Scheme Questioned in the Malaysia Star

As Malaysia announces plans to develop a national palm oil certification scheme to ensure continued opportunity for growers, the Malaysia Star published an editorial questioning the ability of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to deliver these services. This weekend the Star posed the question: Do we need the RSPO? The representation of Malaysian industry and especially growers compared to NGOs and to large Western consumer goods manufacturers is … Read More


New Report Concludes EU Would Be Wrong to Pursue ILUC Policy

Policy would have consequences for economy, consumers and for the EU’s Environmental Goals

A new report, released this month in Brussels by Copenhagen Economics, demonstrates existing conflicts of opinion within the EU on the validity of integrating additional sustainability criteria, such as an indirect land use change (ILUC) factor, in to EU legislation relating to the promotion of biofuels.

The European Parliament has requested that by July the Commission produce … Read More


Malaysian minister lobbies Australian MPs on palm oil laws

Malaysian minister lobbies Australian MPs on palm oil laws
July 26, 2011
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A Malaysian cabinet minister says Australia should reconsider its push to introduce palm oil labelling now that Malaysia’s agreed to host 800 asylum seekers.

The Malaysian Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities, Bernard Dompok, is in Australia to lobby federal MPs against the proposed laws.

Supporters of the law argue that … Read More


Malaysia Urges Opposition to Anti-Palm Oil Legislation During Visit to Australia


The Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Y.B. Tan Sri Bernard Dompok expressed Malaysia’s deep disappointment by the actions of Senator Nick Xenophon, the Australian Greens Party and the Liberal/National Coalition. Their action in supporting legislation requiring the labelling of palm oil in food products deliberately threatens the palm oil industry in Malaysia, an important pillar in the country.

2. Minster Dompok … Read More


YAB Tun Dr. Lim Keng Yaik: Meeting Our Challenges Together

On May 11, former Minister of Primary Industries (1986-2004) YAB Tun Dr. Lim Ken Yaik spoke before the International Conference and Exhibition on Palm Oil in Jakarta, an annual event bringing together leaders from throughout the world in the palm oil sector. Following a year during which the industry has been presented with numerous challenges, Dr. Lim explained the obstacles currently being erected against the industry throughout the world, including … Read More


New NCR land law to boost investor confidence

KUALA LUMPUR: The recent change in laws governing native customary rights (NCR) land should help boost investor confidence, said Sarawak’s Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing.

“We still have plantation companies coming in to invest. The amendment was to plug some loopholes and provide certainty to investors,” he told Business Times in a telephone interview yesterday.

Last month, Sarawak’s state legislature amended the Land Custody and Development Authority … Read More

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