Malaysian Palm Oil Council to President Hollande: Drop the Discriminatory Palm Oil Tax

Kuala Lumpur (25 May 2016) – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council calls on Senators and MPs meeting today before the Commission Mixte Paritaire to reject the discriminatory tax against palm oil.

The CEO of MPOC, Dr Yusof Basiron, issued the following statement:

“We urge Senators and MPs to affirm the decision of the Senate and reject the discriminatory tax against palm oil. The tax hurts more than 300,000 small farmers Read More

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Norway to Developing Countries: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

The Financial Times reports that Norway is moving ever closer to allowing toxic waste to be dumped in pristine wildlife-supporting fjords, as well as opening up new areas of Norway’s natural habitats for fossil fuel development.

Obviously this is about as hypocritical as it gets, even Norwegian environmentalists are calling it so.

This news may be surprising to some: the international media’s focus on Norway is normally that of … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council Applauds French Senate for Rejecting Discriminatory Palm Oil Tax

Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council applauds the vote by the French Senate to reject the discriminatory tax against palm oil.

The planned tax is a violation of WTO and EU trade rules, would negatively impact France-Malaysia relations, and would contribute to putting 300,000 small palm oil farmers out of work. The effort of Senators Catherine Deroche, Catherine Procaccia and Charles Revet is a victory for common sense.… Read More

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French Senate’s Palm Oil Tax: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Last week, the French Senate’s Sustainable Development Committee rejected the discriminatory tax against Palm Oil, showing their support to 300,000 Malaysian small Palm Oil farmers and more broadly to France-Malaysia relations. This was a good step in the right direction.

Upon learning of the Committee’s rejection of the tax, the CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, Dr Yusof Basiron, remarked that it was time for “President Hollande to Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council Applauds French Senate Committee for Rejecting Discriminatory Tax

Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council applauds the vote by the French Senate’s Sustainable Development Committee to reject the discriminatory tax against palm oil.

The planned tax is a violation of WTO and EU trade rules, would negatively impact France-Malaysia relations, and would contribute to putting 300,000 small palm oil farmers out of work. The effort of Senators Catherine Deroche, Catherine Procaccia and Charles Revet is a victory … Read More

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Re Opening MEUFTA

Malaysia and the EU recently signed the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), concluding negotiations that have been ongoing since 2010. The EU and Malaysia also recently announced that they would re-start negotiations on a bilateral trade deal.

The announcement comes after a number of false starts. The talks originally commenced in 2010; they were called off in 2012, and then there was an announcement in 2014 that they would re-start.

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An Unfair Swipe at NCR?

Noted Dutch conservationist Erik Meijaard recently weighed in on the debate around the reform of Indonesian forest laws.

The debate revolves around the handing millions of hectares of Indonesian forest back to indigenous communities.

Indonesian land laws previously stated that forests belong to the state. However, a 2013 Constitutional Court decision declared that certain aspects of Indonesia’s forest law violated the constitution, particularly in relation to indigenous rights.

The Indonesian … Read More

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How the French Palm Oil Tax Could Hurt French Trade

The French palm oil tax, as passed by the National Assembly in March, is a discriminatory proposal, that would harm the relations between France, and Malaysia.

Palm oil is a major commodity export for Malaysia, and for Indonesia, whether in the form of crude palm oil itself (CPO), oleochemicals or other products. The tax proposed by France is a serious and unfriendly act that could have negative consequences for jobs … Read More

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