The truth shall prevail

Ladies and gentlemen, there is nothing wrong with caring for the environment.

What is wrong is when environmental activism spread half truths and twisted lies to vehemently attack the palm oil industry, which is a vital part of the Malaysian economy.

For all the pretense of loving Mother Nature, many environmental activists celebrate inaction. 

Don’t expand oil palm estates, don’t create and don’t do. Turn off the lights and feel good about doing nothing.

Each act of undoing and unmaking becomes a profoundly "environment friendly" activity. 

These green activists, who make a living of purveying half truths, like to target vicious hostility at those who choose not to be taken in by their wolf cries.

Turn out the lights and let us imagine a world free of all pollution; whether it is smelly human fart, cow belching or the exhaust smoke from the millions of cars stuck in the gridlock traffic jam of Kuala Lumpur.

Green activists regularly engage in attention-grabbing stunts from flying celebrities around the world on jet planes to releasing thousands of lanterns into the sky.

These cool-looking celebrities tell us to turn off the lights, become vegetarian, make do with less. 

There are clever advertisement campaigns and catchy tunes to go along with it, too. 

It is sensational and often makes headlines in the news.

This movement wraps itself in the cloak of science but in reality, is emotional and rooted in hatred for economic development.

The environmental movement is tenacious, fanatical and deceptive. Its creed is the undoing of all human progress. Ironically, there is big money to be made from that.

Attention seeking stunts have always and will continue to be the main thrust of these environmental activism. 

Does it make the world a better place or does it make people feel guilty, confused and fearful?

What makes it a hypocrisy is that these green activists ― at the behest of their paymasters ― ruthlessly bully oil palm companies into surrendering to manifestos that siphon away deserving dividends of the palm oil prosperity from the average Malaysian investor. 

It is just a matter of time the long arm of the law will catch up with these underhanded manoeuvrings and put the mercenaries and their friendly-looking informants in their rightful place. The truth shall prevail. 

Unlike fat-salaried green activists, journalists are usually lowly paid. As the years go by, it can be easy and tempting for reporters or even editors to become blasé and indifferent. 

Copy-and-paste is usually the first stage of learning a subject matter. Voice and video recordings are back-up tools. It is only when the reporter makes that time and effort to understand and reason why things are the way it is, one can say ... he is delivering and is relevant to the audience. 

This blog posting is dedicated to all the straight-talking people out there. You know who you are. In your overcoming fear of retribution, faith in the truth can be restored.

Interview de Wilfried Huismann from FIGRA on Vimeo.

Apart from Wilfried Huismann, there are other courageous journalists in Europe who repeatedly face adversity and setbacks to find out what the high taxes paid by their citizens is being used for.

Below is a 6-minute documentary by Jack Thurston, co-founder of , led by a group of European journalists, bent on identifying and tracking the €55 billion a year Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidies going to "farmers".

Among financial institutions and food giants, classified as "farmers" (because they are landowners) and receiving direct subsidy amounting to hundreds of million euros under the CAP are Rabobank, ING Bank, HSBC Bank, Deutsche Bank, Nestle, Unilever, Danone and Friesland Foods.

The EU farm subsidies is not limited to European multi-nationals. American multi-nationals like Archer Daniels Midland (a major shareholder in Singapore stock exchange-listed Wilmar International), Bunge, Cargill, Kraft Foods, which are seen as "farmers" in the EU, also receive hundreds of millions euros in subsidies under the CAP.

Rapeseed and sunflower farmers (or rather landowners) in the EU receive billions of euro dollars in subsidies to plant their crops. Over in Malaysia, oil palm planters have to pay a slew of taxes imposed by both the federal and state governments.

Oilseed farmers in the EU, rivals of oil palm farmers in Malaysia and Indonesia, are big recipients of CAP subsidies from the EU government. Incidentally, the EU government have been handing out money to green activists as well.

This same pair of generous hands handing out subsidies to its "farmers" and grants to its green activists will also be signing on the dotted line of the EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Malaysia.

In view of this, it is the rightful duty of Malaysia's lawmakers and policy makers to lend their ears to the oil palm planters and do the needful.

Similarly, oil palm planters must unite and adapt to the fast-changing world of ruthless vegetable oil politics, if they want to remain relevant in this market.

It's pertinent for oil palm planters to be aware that the EU's farm and export subsidies to their farmers (or rather landowners) and food companies and the EU government's FTA negotiation with developing nations are actually two sides of the same coin.

3 Responses to The truth shall prevail

  1. Who are the friendly-looking informants? Cruxify the enemies of the state! Stone these traitors to death!

  2. Fair enough your opinion but can you declare that the emission to air from all the palm oil mills and refineries throughout Malaysia today and now are within the required emission limit values? Enlighten us please..

  3. Kalau nak "declaration" berkenaan emission, sila tujukan soalan kat MPOB dan Department of Environment. Kelakar betul tanya kat blog ni... ha ha ha ha ha

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