Punching above its weight, part 2: Malaysia maintains globally important ‘Primary’ forests

Best available data indicates that Malaysia maintains vast forested areas. Recently activists have claimed that much of this forest has been degraded, and accused Malaysian industry and government of mismanaging forest resources.

One recent study claims that little of the forests in the Malaysian States of Sarawak and Sabah remain in a pristine condition. According to the authors, Malaysian forests have been degraded due to repeated logging or clearance over … Read More


European Parliament Report Risks Tarnishing Relations with ASEAN

The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has published a new report on EU-ASEAN relations. The report is supposed to be a tool for encouraging closer cooperation between Malaysia and the EU. In reality, this is a political tool for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to make poltiically-motivated statements about their feelings towards ASEAN countries, including Malaysia. As a result, the report contains major inaccuracies and untruths, and seeks … Read More


Punching above its weight, part 1: Malaysia maintains vast forest resources

Malaysia, although relatively small in size, is endowed with some of the largest tropical forested areas in the world – according to the best available scientific data, including satellite imagery and international monitoring programs. Nonetheless, Western activists have attempted to deny this fact, as part of a campaign to oppose productive Malaysian industries.

The campaign is an attempt to stymie Malaysian development by limiting Malaysian extractive and agricultural industries. It … Read More


ILUC – An Unscientific Policy That Will Hurt EU-Malaysia Bilateral Relations

In Europe, the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has been  taken over by powerful protectionist agriculture interests in some European countries and has now become a  trade-protection tool that is designed to protect domestic oilseeds, and to discriminate against cheaper, and superior, non-European biofuels, such as those made from palm oil. It is no longer an environmental or energy policy instead it  is a trade-barrier policy.

On Tuesday 10th September, the … Read More


Belgium’s RTL Ignored The Facts On Palm Oil, Sacrificing Journalistic Integrity In The Process

Belgian TV station RTL’s programme on palm oil offered a good case study in scare-mongering and poor journalism. It was also testament to palm oil’s on-going struggle to get a fair hearing based on scientific facts and verifiable evidence.

Guest speakers on the programme included a representative of Greenpeace – an organisation that publicly opposes oil palm development – and a ‘nutrition specialist’, who had previously spoken out against the … Read More


Vegetable Pot Pie

This week’s recipe mixes sweet and savory. Using your favorite pie crust recipe, this hearty meal is sure to satisfy everyone. 


1 pie crust
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon palm oil
1 cup leeks, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 cups asparagus, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup carrots, small dice
1 cup frozen peas
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon sage, finely chopped
1 tablespoon habanero sauce
1 3/4 … Read More


French Prime Minister: ‘France is not hostile to palm oil’

Less than a year after the defeat of the Nutella tax, the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault reassured the Malaysian people that his government would reject all future attempts to introduce a tax on palm oil. PM Ayrault was speaking in occasion of a joint press conference held with Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur.

‘France is not hostile to palm oil. I wish to stress … Read More


Malaysian Curry Puffs

Last week during their travels in Malaysia the French competition winners enjoyed Curry puffs cooked in palm oil. This week we are featuring that recipe. You can follow the adventures of the competition winners at www.theoilpalm.tumblr.com. Bon appétit! 

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Curry Filling
60 ml palm oil

1 medium onion cut in two finely diced

2 tsp of any appropriate masala (kurma powder or Vindaloo Masala)

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp … Read More


The Brussels Biofuels Debate, Part IV: World Bank Weighs In On Food vs. Fuel

Stockpiles of palm oil have experienced the largest increase since 1999, rising more than 21 per cent to 9.5 million tonnes. In the past year, palm oil prices have fallen some 20 per cent, and some analysts have forecast that palm prices could drop even further later in the year.

But in Brussels, activists are making apocalyptic declarations of runaway commodity prices even pointing the finger at the palm oil … Read More


Shrimp and Black-Eyed Peas

This week, our recipe is going seaside. This filling dish blends the unique flavor of palm oil with black-eyed peas that create a tasty compliment for the shrimp in the dish. You can serve over rice or with vegetables to complete your meal.


1 and ½ cups dried black-eyed peas

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

¾ cup palm oil

½ cup finely minced onion

2 cloves garlic, … Read More