Malaysia’s Ominous Warning to Europe in the Face of Renewed Efforts to Discriminate against Palm Oil

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak stated in The Sun Daily that ‘whoever boycotts oil palm products, they will face retaliation’.

The Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, similarly stated that ‘Malaysia has strict standards. If they have unfair practice against us, we too can retaliate’.

These comments come on the heels of a baseless campaign by European interests against the global Palm Oil industry, and in particular, Malaysia, a key regional friend of the European Union.  Worse, the European Commission has begun to sing the same tune as the European Parliament, and repeat the same baseless claims about Malaysian Palm Oil.

The comments by the Prime Minister and Minister, respectively, are a clear signal to leaders across Europe that efforts to erect barriers and additional costs to Palm Oil through the EU FLEGT Action Plan/Deforestation Action Plan will be met with retaliation. On the other hand, should Europe want to constructively engage and take into account the facts on the ground and the interests of Malaysia, we stand ready to work together.

The Sun Daily: Najib threatens to retaliate EU’s resolution on oil palm

By Amar Shah Mohsen

‘The Prime Minister said he recently spoke with Indonesia President Joko Widodo at the Asean summit about sending delegates from their respective countries to the EU parliament in the coming weeks to explain and clarify matters’

‘We (Malaysia and Indonesia) will convince these countries (European Parliament) that whatever claims they have said are baseless. We will also tell them that we are not without our own capabilities’

‘We too buy products from them. So whoever boycotts oil palm products, they will face retaliation from us Malaysia and Indonesia’, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said during the Malaysian Palm Oil Industry 100 Years celebration.

‘EU’s claim that palm oil products are leading to deforestation is inaccurate, stressing that Malaysia has strict standards. If they have unfair practice against us, we too can retaliate. Let’s not get into specifics. But we will try to solve the matter’, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said.

Read the full article here: Najib threatens to retaliate EU’s resolution on oil palm

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The Star: 100 Years of Glory and the Next Horizon

by Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities

‘Over these 100 years we have witnessed extraordinary growth and innovation. From its humble inception, the palm oil industry is today the main pillar of the commodities sector, contributing RM67.6bil in export value in 2016, equivalent to 6.1% of Malaysia’s GDP. With more than two million Malaysians involved on the palm oil value chain including 644,522 smallholders, its impact on the well-being of the rakyat is huge’

‘Despite these successes our road to 100 years has not been the easiest … the opponents are primarily Europeans and the assault includes the French Nutella Tax … and the more recent resolution by the European Parliament. It is essentially a trade issue camouflaged as an environment protection measure’

Read the full opinion editorial here: 100 Years of Glory and the Next Horizon