Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is sending a clear message to Europe: Palm Oil is not ‘risky’, and any discrimination by the EU against Palm Oil is unacceptable under global trade rules.
At the 33rd ASEAN Summit, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad raised the issue of EU discrimination against Palm Oil directly, as reported in Malaysian Reserve:
“Free trade can’t happen if certain parties continue to label Malaysia’s palm oil, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the Malaysian leader uses the Asean Summit to criticise countries that are trying to outlaw the country’s main commodity.
The palm oil industry had also claimed that other seed oil producers are backing the lobbyists to protect their exports.”
The Prime Minister went on to highlight that Malaysia’s record at forest protection and environmental conservation is far superior to Europe’s, sending the message that the attacks against Malaysia are unjustified and baseless:
“Dr. Mahathir had said before that Europe should look at the destruction of their forests before pointing fingers at countries like Malaysia”
The EU continues to pursue Free Trade Agreements with ASEAN nations, including Malaysia. It should be clear now to EU negotiators – if it was not already – that such agreements can only be successful if the EU demonstrates respect and non-discrimination towards ASEAN commodities.
Read more in Malaysian Reserve, here.