Europe’s Attack Against Malaysian Small Farmers Unjust and Discriminatory

Small Farmers launch new campaign and digital ad

EU ban on Palm Oil sentences small farmers to a life of poverty

Europe’s actions threaten 3.2 million livelihoods; undermine UN Sustainable Development Goals

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia’s Small Palm Oil Farmers have combined forces to condemn Europe’s effort to ban Palm Oil biofuels. The new campaign releases its first digital ad that will appear across Europe to highlight the EU’s unjust and discriminatory campaign to ban Palm Oil biofuels under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). A ban on Palm Oil biofuels threatens to sentence 3.2 million Malaysians to a life of poverty. Malaysia’s Small Farmers demand the European Council reject the proposals of the European Parliament, and reaffirm Europe’s commitment to SE Asia, Malaysia and small Palm Oil farmers.

Dato’ Haji Aliasak Bin Haji Ambia, President of the National Association of SmallHolders (NASH) said:

“Palm Oil has allowed the rural poor in Malaysia to develop our own land, lift ourselves and our families out of poverty, and take control of our own economic destiny. An EU ban on Palm Oil biofuels is an all-out assault against the hundreds of thousands of small farmers across Malaysia. The EU will force farmers into poverty, if it bans Palm Oil. NASH and Malaysia’s small farmers will not stand by while Europeans attempt to sell commercial products to Malaysians with one hand, while cutting off our economic lifelines with the other hand. It is unacceptable behaviour: the Palm Oil ban must be stopped immediately.”

Faces of Palm Oil is a joint project of the National Association of Small Holders (NASH), the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA), the Dayak Oil Palm Planters Association (DOPPA), the Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (SALCRA) and the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) that seeks to advocate on behalf of Malaysian small farmers. To learn more, visit FacesOfPalmOil.org.