NGO: EU should not ban palm oil-based biofuel
KUALA LUMPUR: The European Union (EU), which is proposing a ban on the use of Malaysian palm oil-based biofuel within the eurozone, should reconsider the proposal so as not to affect the livelihood of small farmers, says an advocate for Planters United, a non-governmental organisation made up of a group of smallholder planters.
Saying that the proposed ban was invalid and unjustified, Tiow Weng Theong pointed out that Malaysia had taken all necessary steps and successfully implemented various environmental control measures while enhancing the community’s living standards through oil palm cultivation activities.
The EU claimed that Malaysia cultivated oil palm at the expense of damaging the environment and affecting climate change and impacting on biodiversity.
“As one of the world’s largest palm oil producers, Malaysia has never neglected the environmental aspects of its production.”