Drop in palm oil exports to India: Kok dodges question, insists no boycott

Drop in palm oil exports to India: Kok dodges question, insists no boycott

KUALA LUMPUR: Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok refused to comment on credible reports revealing that Malaysia’s palm oil exports to India has dropped sharply in the last three months.

 “I will hold a special press conference on the matter some other time,” she told the press at the Global Agritech Summit held at the Bank Rakyat Convention Centre today.

In a Facebook post yesterday, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that data from the Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB), published recently, showed that the nation’s palm oil exports to India last month dropped by 60% since August.

“Data from the International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) also showed that our palm oil produce exports dropped in September from the month before and the same month last year,” he posted.

Last month, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad courted India’s fury after he alleged that the subcontinent had ‘invaded and occupied Kashmir’.

An Indian business association and social media users promptly called for the Indian government to boycott Malaysian exports, primarily palm oil.

India is Malaysia’s number one palm oil buyer.

When pressed on the boycott, Kok insisted that regional power has not applied a boycott on Malaysian palm oil products.

“It’s just a business association that called for it,” said the DAP leader.

By G Vinod and Irman Hashim