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Green NGOs should remain non-partisan

November 30, 2011

FMT LETTER: From Frank Tate, via e-mail

We refer to your article titled “Indonesian NGO wants ‘immoral’ M’sian firms out”. Green NGOs owe a responsibility to their fund donors, supporters and the public to ensure that their agenda are strictly non-partisan.

The Palm Oil Truth Foundation finds it curious to note that the protestors from the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) are decked out in orangutan suits that look strangely identical to the suits worn by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth (FOE) when they launched their anti-palm oil campaigns.

Could these suits be hand-me-downs as it is common knowledge that these orangutan suits are not available in this part of the world!
If the ongoing investigations establishes that an adult orangutan was found battered in MKH’s concession area and MKH is found to be complicit in the culling of orangutans, the Palm Oil Truth Foundation supports the calls for the wrongdoers to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

However, the unbridled jingoism of the kind directed at all Malaysian palm oil companies invested in the Indonesian palm oil industry is not called for nor justified. Many of these companies support sustainable practices and contribute to conservation efforts to preserve the biodiversity in their host country so there is no place for the hysterics on display here by these green NGOs!

The writer is Editor of the The Palm Oil Truth Foundation


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