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Monday, 05 Mar, 2018

M’sia champions livelihoods of 650,000 oil palm smallholders

SINGAPORE: Malaysia is fighting hard to champion the livelihoods of more than 650,000 smallholders in its rural areas who will be affected by a palm oil ban.

“You cannot discriminate against the poor people of Malaysia and our neighbour Indonesia as well,” said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed when met at the 24th Asean Economic Ministers’ Retreat and Related Meetings here.

Mustapa said Malaysia pressed the European Union (EU) not to impose the ban and he would raise the issue when he meets EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem on the sidelines of the meetings.

Bernama was made to understand the meeting between Mustapa and Malmstroem, who is currently heading an EU delegation to the two-day meeting, was held in late afternoon on Thursday.

The European Parliament had voted in favour of a draft law on renewable energy that calls for the use of palm oil in biofuels to be banned from 2021. — Bernama

Source : The Borneo Post

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