Puchong residents learn about benefits of palm oil at festival


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2020

(From left) MPSJ councillor Ng Seow Chen, Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok’s political secretary Alice Choo, Wong and Ng judging the cooking competition.

ABOUT 200 Puchong residents learned about palm oil and its benefits at a Chinese New Year food festival themed “Sayangi Sawitku”.

Organised by Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han in collaboration with Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and Malaysia Palm Oil Council at the Belatuk multipurpose hall in Bandar Puchong Jaya, the event comprised a talk on palm oil, cooking competition, cooking demonstration, palm oil products exhibition and colouring competition for children.

Ng said palm oil was a major pillar of the Malaysian economy and encouraged citizens to be proud of our local produce.

“It contributes towards economic prosperity and development through its substantial export earnings and employment.

“In 2018, palm oil contributed RM67.5bil in export earnings and accounted for 27.1% of the world’s palm oil production and 32.9% of total palm oil exports.

“It has long put into place guidelines and research, as well as industrial and environmental standards that provide a safe, high quality trans fat-free oil in a manner that supports the local economy, preserves the environment resources base and is economically viable.

“Practices are constantly reviewed to ensure the best agricultural practices evolve in line with new research findings and international standards, ” he said.

Subang MP Wong Chen said palm oil was also proven to be nine times more productive in producing oil compared to other vegetables.

“Palm oil takes up less land and is better for global impact on the consumption of vegetable oil, ” he said.

The winner of the cooking competition, Alice Lai, 62, said palm oil was good for deep frying.

“I have always used palm oil for cooking. It is cheaper than other vegetable oils and the food tastes good, ” she said.

Third place winner Go Lean Hoi, 57, who also uses palm oil in all her cooking, said Malaysians should support local products.

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