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Comments: RI seeks legacy
at APEC, WTO

Jan. 3, p. 1

Indonesia wants to use the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit and the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Meeting that it will host this year to boost its diplomatic stature and reap greater economic gains.

Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said on Wednesday that Indonesia would use the APEC meeting to propose the inclusion of palm oil and rubber on the list of environmentally friendly goods.


Your comments:

In Malaysia, goat, sheep, cattle and poultry are reared on oil palm plantations. This avoids the need to use pesticides to control weeds. The waste is used as biomass products —party plates, animal food, etc.

Even delicious seasonal mushrooms grow abundantly on the biomass by the roadside. All these are eco efforts. Nothing goes to waste.

Even the palm trunks are sliced, not chopped into chunks, thus avoiding the need to burn them, which leads to seasonal haze (like that from Sumatra and Kalimantan).

Now the bigger Indonesian and Malaysian smallholders need to move toward eco practices.

Oil palms per acre yield more than soy, canola, etc. plus loads of vitamin A and E (antioxidants). The anti-palm oil issues are dirty Western tricks.

Their poor productivity, overuse of pesticides and fertilizers has created an environmental disaster and they blame the East for their failure to address their issues.

This modern day deception, order out of chaos devils must be fought. If not, the life of the East may succumb to poverty. Palm oil is our treasure. The West doesn’t have it.

Abd Shukor

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