KUALA LUMPUR: The German Ambassador to Malaysia Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff has assured that his country will not ban palm oil trade from Malaysia.
He said the country still needed palm oil as it was cheap, environmental friendly and sustainable.
“Germany is not going to ban the palm oil trade from countries like Malaysia.
“However, other European countries have been talking about reducing and maybe stop using the natural resource.
“Malaysia needs the market from the palm oil trade too.
“We need the palm oil as it cheap and sustainable.
“Malaysia should also reduce the dependency on palm oil and maybe should stop using it in the few years to come as many other European countries are following suit,” he said.
Lambsdorff said this during his visit to the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) Balai Berita Bangsar office here today.
Last week, Bernama reported that French Ambassador to Malaysia Frederic Laplanche said the European Union (EU) and France were not the enemy of palm oil.
Laplanche said the market would continue to be open for the crop as the new government upheld its policy of safeguarding the environment.
He acknowledged that palm oil’s long association with deforestation and destruction had damaged its image, but added that things were changing.
Lambsdorff was accompanied by the embassy’s deputy head of mission Dr David Krivanek, culture and press officer Norlis Simaa Mohd Ali and press and culture officer Sandra Yap.
The entourage was greeted by Berita Harian (BH) group editor Khaidir A. Majid, Harian Metro (HM) group editor Tuan Mohamad Asri Tuan Hussein, New Straits Times (NST) Business and Op-Ed Digital executive editor Ahmad Lokman Mansor, NST Editorial Business and Lifestyle executive editor Fauziah Ismail, BH Foreign editor Asokan Vengadasen and HM Global editor Rozimi Hashim.
At the hour-long closed-door meeting, Lambsdorff was briefed by Khaidir on the current NSTP system and news deliverance after the new government took over.
Lambsdorff praised NSTP for delivering fresher and adopting a lot of changes in news delivery compared with the delivery under the previous administration.
“I started reading NSTP newspaper after May 11. I noticed major changes in the news compared to the previous years.
“There are a lot of new things being reported in the newspaper and it gives pretty good picture of what is happening in Malaysia.
‘You are helping us every day,” he said.
Khaidir said NSTP was still undergoing a transition period and hoped to make major changes in the coming years.
Among other topics discussed were the German-Malaysian Institute, Malaysia’s inactivity in multilateral Asean and free trade agreement.
After the meeting, Lambsdorff and his entourage toured NSTP’s newsroom.
Lambsdorff was appointed as the German Ambassador to Malaysia on July 2017.
He was the ambassador to the Republic of Moldova from 2007 to 2010; ambassador and special envoy for South East Europe, Turkey and European Free Trade Association states from 2010 to 2013; and Consul General to Hong Kong special administrative region and Macau SAR from 2013 to 2017.