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In the hours before climbers were permanently barred from Uluru, the world-famous red sandstone monolith that rises from the heart of Australia, the line to ascend it snaked for hundreds of feet – past a sign posted by its aboriginal owners noting that the site is sacred, and requesting that visitors refrain from climbing it.
BEFORE Masala Wheels became a known brand in the social enterprise circuit, Kuhan Pathy and his fellow co-founders’ goal in forming the company was only to keep a friend on the straight and narrow.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will consider laws to restrict imports of French products if Paris does not withdraw plans to curb the use of palm oil in biofuels, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron.
KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) may be looking at building a US$27bil liquefied natural gas export terminal in northwestern Canada on the site of an abandoned Royal Dutch Shell Plc energy project, according to the company’s chief executive officer.
JAKARTA: A South Korean-owned company is cutting down primary rainforests for timber and then setting fires to clear the land to plant oil palm in apparent violation of Indonesian law, according to an investigation by environmental groups.
KUCHING: A senior state minister from Sarawak disclosed that Wilmar International Ltd, which kicked up a storm three weeks ago with its new outsourcing policy, has given the assurance that it would continue to procure crude palm oil (CPO) from planters in the state even though the plantations were on peat land.
PETALING JAYA: Wilmar International Ltd, which has been heavily criticised for deciding not to buy crude palm oil (CPO) from some Sarawak planters by end-2015, is expected to meet up with the affected parties and state government agencies early next week to shed light on the group’s new CPO sourcing policy.
JAKARTA: Family planning efforts have stagnated in Indonesia over a decade of democratic rule and the world's fourth most populous country risks squandering a so-called demographic dividend that a youthful, productive population should deliver.