BERLIN: Malaysia is set to go all out to fight the “no palm oil” label issue in the European region, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
“We are going to go all out in engaging with various countries (the European Union),” he told the Malaysian media at the end of his three-day official visit here.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said Malaysia would also work with Indonesia to engage with European Union member countries to address the no palm oil label issue.
He said Malaysia cannot allow the countries to damage the prospect of Malaysia’s golden crop in the region, thus the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister and the Malaysian Palm Oil Council will work on this.
According to several reports, there are about 1,500 products with the “no palm oil label” in France, Belgium and Italy.
Such labelling can be categorised as a non-trade barrier and a move to deny market access to palm oil.
The Prime Minister had also discussed the same issue with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in his bilateral meeting on Tuesday.
He had explained to her that Malaysia subscribes to sustainable development of the palm oil industry and there is no “slash and burn” policy.
He also invited German lawmakers to see it for themselves.
Najib said Merkel had assured Malaysia that Germany has no plans to impose any tax on palm oil.
They (Germany) will also not support the “no palm oil label” in Germany, said the Prime Minister. – Bernama