NGO: EU should not ban palm oil-based bio­fuel

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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.”

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