Malaysia will take every necessary action to protect Palm Oil sector and small farmers
Following the vote in the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament, which moves Europe one step closer to banning Palm Oil biofuels, Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, issued a strongly worded statement stressing the Malaysian Government will take every necessary action required to protect the rights of Malaysia, the Palm Oil industry and its small farmers following this discriminatory and unjust action by the European Parliament.
The Minister stated:
“Any attempt to discriminate against, or exclude, Palm Oil biofuels will negatively impact European trade and cooperation in Malaysia, and the wider South East Asian region.”
“[The] Malaysian Government will be compelled to take every necessary action to protect the rights of 650,000 Malaysian Palm Oil small farmers, and to secure the future of the Palm Oil sector that has lifted millions of Malaysians out of poverty.”
“Therefore, the Malaysian Government will respond strongly, should this provision be confirmed in the final Directive as protectionist discrimination against Malaysian Palm Oil exports will not be tolerated.”
This debate now moves to the Commission, Parliament and Council. This is a major test for European leaders, and their future relationship with Malaysia and the South East Asia region.
Read the Minister’s full statement online here.
Read Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s recent comments opposing Europe’s actions:
“Whoever boycotts oil palm products, they will face retaliation from us Malaysia and Indonesia … If they have unfair practice against us, we too can retaliate.”