Sustainable ‘green food corridor’ in Kinabatangan
Published on: Saturday, March 23, 2019

Kota Kinabalu: The State Government is on the threshold of creating a sustainable “green food corridor” in the Kinabatangan area for the survival of wildlife, particularly elephants, so that they won’t encroach into oil-palm plantations for food, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.

She said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok is enlisting the support of the State Government for her ‘Love MY Oil-Palm’ campaign in response to Europe’s anti-palm oil campaign.

“Teresa shared her concerns over the current anti-palm oil campaigns in Europe. She will be coming to Sabah next month to meet Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and me on the issue. 

“We have to counter those unfounded campaigns in our efforts to protect the oil-palm industry in Malaysia. That is the challenge facing our country,” said Liew, who is also Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment.

She dispelled the notion among anti-palm oil campaigners abroad that deforestation was taking place in Sabah to make way for oil-palm plantations.

The European Union (EU) bloc is one of the three leading importers of Malaysian palm-oil, along with China and India.

In April 2017, the European Parliament passed a palm oil resolution which would eliminate the use of palm oil biodiesel or palm methyl ester (PME) from Malaysia and Indonesia in biofuels if enforced in 2020. 

PME (converted from crude palm oil (CPO) can be used as an alternative field in biodiesel engines.

Since the end of last year, several members of the EU have passed similar anti-palm oil laws in their respective countries. These include Switzerland, France and Norway. 

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir said Malaysia would retaliate by not buying European goods if the latter proceeds with the ban.


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