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BN reps meet EU envoys to clarify issues
Published on: Thursday, March 08, 2018

Kuala Lumpur: Barisan Nasional representatives Wednesday met 18 ambassadors from the European Union (EU) countries in Malaysia to clarify various national issues including on politics, economy and social.

The closed-door meeting took place in the capital with BN represented by Datuk Seri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim (Umno), Datuk Seri S.K. Devamany (MIC), Datuk Liang Teck Meng (Gerakan) and Datuk Khoo Soo Seang (MCA).

The foreign diplomats were headed by ambassador and head of EU Delegation to Malaysia Maria Castillo Fernandez. When met by Bernama, Irmohizam said among the issues clarified were Malaysia's current political situation, oil palm investment.

"We explained the importance of oil palm especially to 650,000 smallholders in Malaysia, as well as the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil Certification. I also raised matters pertaining to Industry 4.0 so that young Malaysians know about new job opportunities in our country.

"On the whole, the ambassadors are satisfied and confident of all the existing systems in Malaysia.

"They also stated that the EU will enhance investments," he said.

The palm oil issue heated up recently when the European Parliament voted in favour of the draft law on renewable energy which suggested the ban on the use of palm oil in biofuels from 2021.

Malaysia, being one of the world's major palm oil exporters, was likely to be affected.

Asked whether the issue of fake news was raised at the meeting, Irmohizam said the ambassadors had given a positive response to government initiatives seeking legislation to address the issue. – Bernama

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