Malaysia lost a good opportunity to sell more palm oil to China under the Barisan Nasional government due to its inaction to purchase orders from Beijing.
This shocking discovery was revealed to Nanyang Siang Pao by Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok, who will be in Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s entourage during the premier’s upcoming visit to China.
She said while making preparations for her trip, she found letters addressed to a unit under her ministry by Chinese buyers wishing to top up their purchases of the commodity but the unit concerned did not respond to the requests, the daily reported.
Kok expressed surprise at Malaysia’s response to Chinese requests even after Chinese leaders have promised to increase its palm oil imports from Malaysia. “I find it unbelievable,” she added.
She said she had been briefed by various units under her ministry since taking up the ministerial post.
She said the ministry’s officers were aware of Chinese leaders’ statements on China wanting to import more palm oil from Malaysia but they did not know how to follow up on such announcements or how to contact the Chinese authorities.
“Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised that China will import more palm oil from Malaysia, and similar statements were made when then prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak visited China. The problem is that nobody followed up on such announcements,” said Kok.
– The Sun