06.04.2019 (The Star Online) - SEREMBAN: Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik (pic) may have passed on more than six years ago but the former minister is still fondly remembered and credited for making Malaysian palm oil one of the most sought after commodities globally then, says Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
The Barisan candidate for the Rantau by-election said Dr Lim took the bull by its horns each time the price of the commodity fell due to external attacks and never came up with ridiculous ideas like asking Malaysians to take a spoonful on a daily basis to make them look younger.
“He was so sharp and knew exactly what to do when our palm oil was under siege.
“We had very good ministers, who knew exactly how to handle such a situation.
“Today, many Pakatan Harapan ministers are just penumpang (making up the numbers) in the Cabinet and have no idea how to handle important issues,” Mohamed told reporters here yesterday.
Mohamad was commenting on a recent remark by Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok, saying that she looked younger by taking a spoonful of palm oil a day.
He said to address the drop in price, Kok should consider setting up a cartel of palm oil producing countries to control production and stabilise the price of the commodity.
“You can talk to a big producer like Indonesia to set up a cartel just like OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries).
“Promoting drinking a spoonful of palm oil a day is not going to help us in any way,” said Mohamad.
He also said the price of palm oil also fell because China, which was one of the country’s largest markets, has cut its purchase order.
“Our ties with China has also hit turbulence.
“That’s why they now order less from us (Malaysia).
“But we can always talk to other producers and fix a price and not undercut one another,” he said, citing Indonesia which has also reduced its prices.
On a separate matter, Mohamad said it was inappropriate for those contesting in the by-election to get children involved during the campaign period as it was tantamount to exploitation.
He also urged the Election Commission to probe an incident where children were allegedly brought on stage during a Pakatan Harapan event held at a residential area in Rantau.
“This to me is not proper as its exploitation of children.
“The EC may want to look at this and see if its against the law,” he said.
To another question, Mohamad said he was confident of support from voters as he had never neglected them when he was their wakil rakyat.
“As far as I am concerned, I have been doing my job well since 2014 as I used to spend my time from Thursdays to Sundays here in Rantau.
“I have always made myself available to my constituents because I am not an outsider and lived right here in this town,” said Mohamad.
Apart from Mohamad and Dr Streram, two independents will also contest the April 13 by-election.
They are former PAS and Parti Amanah Negara member Mohd Nor Yassin and R. Malarvizhi
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