PETALING JAYA: An environmentalist has voiced dismay over a deputy minister’s call on Malaysians to show patriotism through increased consumption of palm oil.
Andrew Sebastian, chief executive of the Malaysian Ecotourism and Conservation Society (EcoMy), said Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin was apparently unconcerned over the damage the palm oil industry was inflicting on the environment.
He was commenting on a statement the deputy minister of primary industries made on Tuesday. Shamsul, speaking to reporters in Melaka, said the government needed the public’s support to increase the demand for palm oil products.
Bernama quoted him as saying that Malaysians would be making a patriotic move if they increased their use of palm oil in its various forms to shore up the price of the commodity.