Unfair to call palm oil high indirect land-use risk – Kok

KUCHING, Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok says it is unfair for the European Commission (EC) to single out palm oil as a high indirect land-use change (ILUC) risk and soy bean as a low ILUC change risk.

According to Kok, what the EC means is that planting palm trees will change the nature of the land.

That means you are going to chop down more trees. We are not happy how come soy beans can be considered as low ILUC risk but palm oil is high ILUC risk by the EC. So we put forward our argument on this, she told reporters after making a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg here today.