Palm Oil is one of Malaysia’s leading cash crop and contributed almost 3% to the country’s GDP.
With the current bad publicity surrounding palm oil especially in the west and developed countries, Malaysia hopes to correct the negative image associated with the commodity.
The best place to start is school. The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) has recently launched ‘Mari Kenali Sawit’ (Let’s Get to Know Palm Oil) books for primary and secondary students, highlighting the benefits of palm oil and its contributions to sustainability and socio-economic development.
The Ministry hopes students will get accurate information about palm oil from the books and disseminate the knowledge gained to their parents and their peers so that more people could learn about the commodity and palm oil industry.
At the same time, the Ministry also launched the Malaysian Palm Oil Full of Goodness campaign to kick off the new year to highlight the various advantages of palm oil and palm-based products.
Meanwhile, Malaysia Palm Oil Council (MPOC) CEO Wan Aishah Wan Hamid said, “tariff implementations, boycotts and retaliatory measures between countries are the new norm especially in the palm oil business. Despite these challenges, our country has remained steadfast and resilient in the face of adversity.”
Palm oil remains as the most versatile plant-based oil with wide applications in both food and non-food industries from snacks, chocolates to soap and toiletries.