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EU Ambassador says to correct misconception on palm oil industry
Published on: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
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Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor (right) presents a coffee table book on Mt Kinabalu to EU Ambassador to Malaysia Michalis Rochas during a courtesy call at Sri Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, May 24, 2022. (JKM pic)
Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor (right) presents a coffee table book on Mt Kinabalu to EU Ambassador to Malaysia Michalis Rochas during a courtesy call at Sri Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, May 24, 2022. (JKM pic)
Kota Kinabalu: European Union (EU) Ambassador to Malaysia Michalis Rochas agreed that there has always been a misconception about palm oil among EU countries and that it needs to be corrected.

Rochas recently visited Sawit Kinabalu’s oil palm plantation, among others, where he saw the work done on environmental conservation by the State Government, said a statement.

“I have seen it myself and it (conservation effort) is very commendable. I was thrilled to see for myself an orangutan and its baby although only from afar, ” he said, adding that an air survey also showed many orangutan nests atop trees indicating all is well for the wildlife.

“But, the EU doesn’t know about this yet. We need to go back and give the true impression of the situation in Sabah.

“I will convey this to Brussels (EU headquarters). I want to correct and enhance the view on the oil palm industry in Malaysia.

“Your forest is an asset."

Rochas was speaking during a visit by him and his delegation to Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor at Sri Gaya, here, today. 

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