Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in a bilateral meeting at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Tuesday October 9th, 2018 discussed an effort to promote sustanaible palm oil business. The Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi who accompanied the President said that Malaysian Government had asked Indonesia to work together to promote sustanaible palm oil industry to the world through Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC). The effort is done to counter negative issues on palm oil that happen to the two countries as the biggest palm oil producers in the world.
"The Deputy Prime Minister has earlier mentioned about palm oil. It means that both countries, like it or not, have to work together to promote the sustanaible palm oil and the President said ok and this is good cooperation reflected in CPOPC. CPOPC is organization of palm oil producers which members are Indonesia and Malaysia. And we work together.through CPOPC, said Retno Marsudi.
Moreover Minister Retno Marsudi said that as Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahatir Mohamad during his visit to Indonesia recently also revealed the same thing. Mahatir asked Indonesian government to fight the negative campaign against palm oil launched by the European Union. The European Union accuses that palm oil plantation causing environmental damage can stall the commodity export from Indonesia and Malaysia. According to Mahatir the accuse was baseless and unproven. Retno added besides palm oil commodity, Malaysian Deputy Pime Minister Wan Azizah mentioned about terrorism termination by Intel information exchange. The Deputy Prime Minister has also promised to increase the security in her country’s water territory with big and sophisticated patrol ship. This follows the kidnapping of two Indonesian citizens working on Malaysian fishing boats in Sabah waters, Malaysia last month. (VOI/REZHA/trans: NK/AHM)