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 palm oil plantations cause deforestation and threaten the habitats of endangered Orangutans.

But Mr Dompok says the laws will only hurt Malaysia’s rural poor who rely on the palm oil industry for their livelihoods.

Reporter: Joanna McCarthy
Speakers: Bernard Dompok, Malaysian Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities

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Written by The Oil Palm