KUALA LUMPUR: A federal minister today left the Dewan Rakyat in stitches after urging MPs to consume more red palm oil in order to stay young.
Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said palm oil is rich in nutrients such as vitamin E as well as saturated fatty acids.
Based on studies, she added, there are 20 types of carotenoids contained in red palm oil.
“Red palm oil is also an anti-oxidant and has no trans fat. What the prime minister said recently (to take a spoonful of palm oil) is very clear. If we do so, we will be healthier and stronger.
“You should taste the deliciousness of red palm oil. All MPs will be given one bottle, so that you can stay young like the prime minister (Dr Mahathir Mohamad), the deputy speaker (Rashid Hasnon) and also me,” she said.
Ismail Sabri Yaakob (BN-Bera) then congratulated Kok for being able to stay young after consuming palm oil.
Kok (PH-Seputeh) was responding to Steven Choong (PH-Tebrau) who had asked about the benefits of consuming palm oil.
To Choong’s earlier question on whether the government planned to reduce the supply of palm oil which is outweighing demand and export other fruits instead, Kok said the best option would be to carry out integration in planting or livestock breeding.
She said many fruits with high demand in the local and foreign markets had been identified, such as pineapple, watermelon, banana and papaya.
“Many fruits can be planted in the short, medium and long term. Bananas, papayas and pineapples are good for the short term, while the salak fruit is good for the medium term.
“As for the planting of spruce saps (getah pepagar), integration of fruits such as durian, starfruit and cempedak can be carried out,” she said.