well managed plantation in Perak where they coached selected plantation
workers to say things that were then sensationalised by the media.
Apparently , the visit and interview which were conducted without the
permission of the plantation management were arranged by the local NGO
who is campaigning against the use of paraquat. The NGO blames the use
of paraquat as a convenient means of committing suicide among Indian
female workers. Once back in Denmark, the journalist wrote malicious
lies and allegations about slavery, lack of medical treatment etc in oil
palm plantations. This is surely a lose-lose case for the local NGO.
After the great effort to “smuggle” the so called journalist to
interview the selected pre coached workers, the NGO has no control over
what the journalist intends to write in the Danish newspapers.
What has the NGO gained by playing traitor. Wouldn’t it be better to
lodge a complaint with the local authorities, if there are deserving
cases to be investigated? If personal ideology of the NGO, like asking
for total banning of paraquat cannot be accepted by the majority and the
authorities, why choose to become a traitor and hope to destroy the
whole palm oil industry, by colluding with the European anti palm oil
The livelihood of thousand of workers is being jeopardized by the
NGOs action who probably went back home to a comfy bed thinking it
scored big but not realising that this action is causing the loss of a
decent rice bowl of many poor people.