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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Industry Efforts to Promote Palm Oil Stifled; Endangers Job Creation and Poverty Efforts

PETALING JAYA, July 8 – The Belgian volunteer advertising arbiter, the Juridique d’Ethique Publicitaire (JEP), joined in the global campaign against palm oil with their decision against online advertisements by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC). This decision is yet another unprecedented effort by Europe to ensure Malaysia cannot promote palm oil and stifle speech and debate about the palm oil industry. Siding with Western environmental organizations against smallholders in … Read More

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Europe Rejects Palm Oil Only Labelling

The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) comments on the recent advancement of the European Union’s Food Information to Consumers Regulation that will bring about new procedures for nutritional information for consumers. Throughout this process, the Malaysian palm oil industry has directly engaged with European policymakers, industry and other stakeholders to share important information and facts about our industry and its importance to both the Malaysian economy and to European food … Read More

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A Victory for Malaysian Palm Oil Producers and Australian Consumers

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia, June 17 – The decision by the Australian Senate Community Affairs Legislative Committee to reject mandatory labelling of palm oil is a significant victory for Malaysia in the fight against the unjust and misleading anti-palm oil campaigns.

This victory against the anti-palm oil lobby follows a public appeal by the Malaysian palm oil industry before the Committee in April of this year, which included testimony and … Read More

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Emerging Western Defenders of Palm Oil

Palm oil has been a golden crop for Malaysia, supporting societal advancement that has benefited hundreds of thousands of rural workers, supporting domestic and regional food security and giving the world a healthy, sustainable vegetable oil source.

Despite all these benefits, Western NGOs – including those funded by Western governments – have sought to shame palm oil based on false environmental allegations. And some Western governments have been a party … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council Response to the Financial Times

In response to a recent story in the Financial Times, Growing issue for palm oil producers, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council in a letter to editor expressed its disappointment with the accuracy of the news report and its representation of the Malaysian palm oil industry. Malaysia has a proven record of sustainability, strengthening rural development and delivering societal advancement. Malaysia’s palm oil industry and the thousands of smallholders are … Read More

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Joint Communiqué by the Ministers of the Governments of Malaysia and Indonesia

JOINT COMMUNIQUE

THE SIXTH JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING ON BILATERAL COOPERATION ON COMMODITIES BETWEEN
THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
KUCHING, SARAWAK, MALAYSIA,
FRIDAY, 13 MAY 2011

The Sixth Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Bilateral Cooperation on Commodities between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of Republic of Indonesia was held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia on Friday, 13 May 2011. The Malaysian delegation was led … Read More

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Smallholders Overcome European Hurdles to Biofuels Market

The recent announcement that Mission New Energy had signed a contract to supply more than USD $100 million worth of palm-based biodiesel is welcome news to Malaysia’s smallholders. Despite the numerous hurdles imposed on palm biodiesel by the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) – which represents more than 811,140 hectares of smallholder plantations as of 2009 – has demonstrated the superior sustainability and efficiency of … Read More

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Malaysia’s Contribution to Low-Cost, Sustainable Energy in Hawaii

In February, the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) announced that it had successfully tested burning palm oil biodiesel at its Kahe Power Plant. This has been an effort nearly three years in the making, with close collaboration with Malaysian palm oil producer, Sime Darby. Unfortunately, the exercise has not been without its detractors, particularly among international environmental pressure groups that see any and all use of palm oil as an … Read More

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Take the bull by the horns

The battle continues and it will not stop just yet. Since the 1980s, Malaysia has fought many environmental and trade campaigns against its commodities, notably timber and palm oil. To put it simply, the developed nations want us to preserve our tropical forests, which are considered an important carbon sink for the world.
So, we cannot cut our forests for productive economic purposes, like turning them into high value-add furniture, … Read More

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