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Zuraida chides US customs over hasty action against Sime Darby


Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin has chided the US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) for its action against Sime Darby Plantation Bhd.

“I strongly wish to reiterate that the Malaysian palm oil industry operates under strict standards in line with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

"The ministry is also working closely with the Human Resources Ministry and the Environment and Water Ministry to ensure that the country's oil palm industry complies with domestic and international laws and practices," Zuraida (above) said in a statement today.

The CBP has issued a withhold release order (WRO) on palm oil, including all crude palm oil and palm kernel oil and derivative products, made wholly or in part with palm oil traceable to Sime Darby on Dec 16, 2020. 

The US authorities had allegedly established that there was reasonable evidence to demonstrate Sime Darby harvested the fruits and produced the palm oil using forced labour

Under the WRO, products can still land in the US but cannot be traded or processed.

Zuraida said the ministry would seek further clarification on the issue from the relevant agencies in the US so that an immediate solution could be reached.

“For this purpose, the ministry will work closely with Wisma Putra and the International Trade and Industry Ministry.

“Besides, the ministry will also extend full cooperation to agencies in the US and other countries so that the country's palm oil can be traded freely globally," she added.

Zuraida said the ministry will continue to work hard to ensure that the long-term interests of the palm oil industry are safeguarded and further assist millions of oil palm smallholders and other stakeholders.

"I also call on all Malaysians to work together with the ministry in efforts to address the anti-palm oil propaganda by Western countries which is clearly aimed at bringing down our country's palm oil industry," she said.

- Bernama

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