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KUCHING, Aug 12: Sarawak government welcomes Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) call to intensify efforts to jointly address discrimination against palm oil products by European Union (EU) countries.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawak being one of the largest palm oil producing states in the country, agreed with Jokowi’s call, and pledged the state government’s support.
Jokowi in an interveiw during his working visit to Kuala Lumpur on August 9 had said Indonesia and Malaysia, two of the world’s largest palm oil producers, need to intensify efforts to jointly address discrimination against palm oil products by EU countries.
He said Indonesia-Malaysia cooperation on palm oil is necessary to avoid inconveniences for both the ASEAN member countries.
Apart from the governments, Jokowi also stressed that the measures to tackle the discrimination should also involve private sectors in both countries.
“In fact, Minister of Primary Industries Teresa Kok did inform me of this, and I agreed with Jokowi’s call,” Abang Johari told reporters after officiating the Satok Hari Raya Korban event and gave away beef to 210 underprivileged recepients from Satok this morning.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Satok Religious Bureau which organised the event contributed five cows, while one cow was contributed by the Petra Jaya Welfare. — DayakDaily