Today, the Faces of Palm Oil campaign launches a new European advertising campaign to counter the proposed ban on Palm Oil. The first ad, appearing in Politico Europe, defends Malaysia’s 650,000 small farmers against the proposed EU ban.
The European Parliament’s proposed ban on Palm Oil threatens 650,000 small farmers and over 3.2 million Malaysians who rely on the Palm Oil industry for their livelihoods.
Ahead of the Trilogue negotiations beginning on 27th February, the Faces of Palm Oil campaign, on behalf of 650,000 small farmers, calls on EU Member State Governments to reject the Palm Oil ban, and instead support sustainable development & poverty alleviation.
The Malaysian Government has spoken about negative trade consequences if the EU moved ahead with a ban on Palm Oil.
Here’s what people are saying:
“Whoever boycotts oil palm products, they will face retaliation” – Prime Minister Najib Razak
“During last week cabinet meeting which was chaired by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the government decided that it will review the purchase of products with any countries that banned palm oil” – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
“If these hate campaigns and discriminatory policy against palm oil were to go on, we can also retaliate. Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand are collectively big purchasers of EU products”. – Minister of Plantation Industries & Commodities, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong,
“Malaysia will intensify collaboration with other Palm Oil producing countries to consider more concerted efforts to voice our strong concern before the various committees under the WTO” – Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamed
“The United Kingdom agrees with Malaysia’s position that the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive II (RED) is unfair and goes against international trade practice”. – UK High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell in New Straits Times
“Sweden and many other European countries, who are member states of the EU, are against any kind of discrimination. That includes any regime that would be discriminating against other products” – Sweden’s Ambassador to Malaysia Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt
“France was not in favour of the ban and discrimination against Palm Oil at the national and EU levels” – French Defence Minister Florence Parly
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