Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Win NGO support - Published in Malay Mail

Win NGO support - Published in Malay Mail

Submitted on Monday, October 26th, 2009

Monday, October 26th, 2009 02:08:00

TO claim that attacks on palm oilbased products may be politically motivated shows how much out of touch the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) is with consumer awareness and power, or, the MPOC is choosing to play fast and loose with the facts.

Show us your evidence, MPOC, of any political motivation by NGOs. The MPOC might better take note of and act upon the advice given by Sabah’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun. “I urge all departments, government bodies, not to treat NGOs as enemies but rather as friends. I think we need to tell ourselves that we are not exactly the experts on everything that we think we know. And I urge all of you not to be too defensive of what the NGOs are going to say, but in fact to take their words quite seriously, and ask ourselves are we moving in the right direction.”

My guess is, the palm oil industry will win friends and customers much more quickly if it will only stop, listen, and take advice from those who offer it freely.

Neither do we want to see palm oil banned. But, most of all we also do not want to see palm oil produced at a catastrophic cost to the environment – do we?

Sean Whyte
Chief Executive,
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