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Malaysia in talks with several partners to produce palm oil-based biojet fuel - industry body

20 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia aims to start producing palm oil-based biojet fuel within five years and is in talks with several potential partners about setting up a plant, the head of the industry's marketing board said on Wednesday.

Palm oil producers to set up fund to fight critics

19 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR Palm oil producers will set up a joint fund to counter critics of the industry, a Malaysian government official said on Tuesday, amid growing scrutiny of a commodity which is accused of causing widespread environmental damage.

Malaysia says palm oil industry challenged to meet green standards by 2020

18 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR The Malaysian palm oil industry is facing "significant challenges" in complying with a national green certification standard by next year, with over a third of plantations yet to meet the sustainability standards, officials said on Monday.

UPDATE 1-Malaysia 'bullied' into closing bank accounts of Iranians, PM says

30 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 Malaysia's prime minister told reporters the country was being forced to "make it difficult" for Iranians to live normal lives in the country.

Iranians in Malaysia say banks close their accounts as U.S. sanctions bite

30 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR Banks in Malaysia are closing the accounts of Iranian individuals and companies, nearly a dozen affected people told Reuters, in a sign that U.S. sanctions are having a far-reaching impact on citizens of the Islamic republic.

Malaysia working to clear hundreds of plastic waste shipments at ports: officials

17 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia is negotiating with countries sending their plastic waste to the Southeast Asian nation to take back the trash and is waiving storage fees to clear hundreds of containers of scrap stranded at ports across the country for months, officials say.

Palm oil body to wield stick to get consumer goods giants to go green

17 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR A palm oil industry watchdog will adopt rules next month that will impose fines on consumer goods companies like Unilever and Nestle if they don't start buying more green palm oil to help curb deforestation in Southeast Asia, the regulating body said.

Malaysia offers to increase imports from India after Kashmir row

15 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia is considering raising imports of raw sugar and buffalo meat from India, potentially easing trade tensions after reports New Delhi could restrict Malaysian palm oil imports following the country's criticism of India's actions in Kashmir.

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