The video above reflects reality on the ground in Indonesia. It is in response to lies told in the video below which is peppered with twisted half truths and exaggerated allegations ... very typical in smear campaign videos made by mercenary activists; some of whom are methodically conniving and some .. laughably impressionable.
There are no "good" or "bad" environmental activists or business partners or policy-makers. Take a deeper look at this global intricate play of politics and greedy trade domination.
Take your time and decide for yourselves; What's the truth? What are the facts and figures that can be scientifically verified? Who are telling lies?
To all oil palm planters ... look around you and take a more discerning perspective. Some stakeholders may be in the same boat but they have been drilling holes.
Maybe they succumb to selfishness, arrogance, revenge-seeking and greed. Select information are withheld to give a desired impression ... a façade that is far from the truth. Why? money .... very big money.
Many people in the palm oil industry have yet to connect the dots. Every year, Malaysia exports some US$20 billion worth of palm oil to more than 150 countries.
In negotiating the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) with the USA — the lead negotiator of TPPA, it would the right thing to do for Malaysia's Ministry of International Trade & Industry policymakers to include the interests of oil palm planters and exporters.
The same goes for Malaysia's negotiation of the free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU.
Keen attention must be focused on dismantling disguised trade distortion measures oil palm planters are facing. After all, Malaysian government officials must remember that their salaries are derived from hard-pressed taxpayers' money .... and guess what? Malaysia's biggest taxpayers, on a sectoral capita basis, are the oil palm planters.
May the select few government officials, who considers serving the country an honourable duty, take the lead in fulfilling the most basic expectation of taxpayers; People First, Performance now.