PENANG: The Pesticide Action Network Asia and Pacific (PAN AP) is garnering regional support to ensure that paraquat, a known pesticide without an antidote, remains banned in Malaysia.
PAN AP executive director Sarojeni V. Rengam said Malaysia was the first Asian country to ban paraquat, but counter attempts were being made by the pesticide industry and the plantation sector to have the ban lifted.
“Since the Malaysian Government imposed the ban on Aug 27 last year, the Pesticide Board has been inundated by appeals from the proponents of the industry to repeal the ban.
“Our Regional Task Force on Women are offering regional responses to the ban,” she said, adding the PAN AP was part of a global coalition that was campaigning to have the pesticide banned worldwide.
A press conference on Regional Responses to Malaysia’s Ban on Paraquat would be held on Tuesday at Crown Jewel Hotel (formerly known as Crown Prince Hotel) at 12.30pm.
Regional spokespersons include University of Philippines’ College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Prof Dr Romeo Quijano, Kunming China-based Pesticide Eco-Alternatives Centre Yunnan Thoughtful Action project officer Tu-Wan Li and Tenaganita founder and director Irene Fernandez.
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