Denis Murphy the chair of the Malaysian Oil Palm Board biology advisory committee claimed we are at war and suggested a surrender to the European Union and its NGOs. The defeatist statement is a typical response by Ivory tower academics. His comments made at the fifth Tan Sri B C Sekhar Memorial Lecture in Malaysia are stirring the political and industrial reactions across the region.
Dr Murphy fails to recognize that the Malaysian industry, like their Indonesian and Indian counterparts been at this point before. The Indian recognizes the threats of foreign NGOs and banned them, the Indonesians are warned foreign NGOs groups, seemingly Dr Murphy appeasement strategy fails to recognize the economic threat these groups pose.
Let us consider three aspects of the article quoting this foreign expert: First, our citizens, secondly, our economy and lastly, the foreign NGO agenda. Because that what is proposed by the academic.
Let’s start with the economy. Facts are the NGOs costing the Malaysian economy a 3-4 percent GDP per annum in losses as a result of foreign NGO campaigns. With the EU ban perpetrated by the NGOs these losses will grow as a result of the growing number of anti-Malaysian NGO campaigns our citizens nor the economies can afford. But besides the big picture we forget the impacts on the small farmers. Can the small farmer receive a better price for his products? The answer is no. The various Fairtrade schemes, fronts for WWF and Greenpeace, are a gross economic failure.
The comparison to “premium” coffee creating a type of magic “premium” palm oil, which is a hidden WWF narrative, is another failure. Coffee is a personal, individualistic commodity, palm oil is for food processing. Consumers do not go to a fancy shop and buy premium palm oil to slurp but goods that contain palm oil.
The premise of creating “premium” palm oil to fetch a higher price, is a WWF narrative and has failed. Neither the market, nor the consumer can afford pay higher costs. The much-quoted studies by the NGOs claiming the consumers are willing to pay more do not pass the critical peer review. In fact, higher costs caused by the green movement are paid for by the consumer. Let’s be clear about it. We all pay the price for a neo-socialists, millennialism nihilists.
More than once, if critically read, these studies are not more than issue papers produced on behest of the NGOs. A well-known critical voice of the NGO movement once said:
“Three major political movements in the 19th and 20th century are German creations, the National Socialists, the Communists and the German green movement. Two of them failed, why would we think the third one would be successful?”
Appeasement of NGOs has not worked. Like appeasement has not worked in 1933 while dealing with a destructive, suicidal ideology of national socialism, appeasement also has not worked against communism, why would the academia consider it would work today with an ideological Green movement that embraces communism, neo-socialism, extremist millennialism claiming the end of the world in 12 years, or other crazy narratives only because it is painted green? Many governments have exposed the green movement and their direct action arms the NGOs as what they are. Subversive, and seditious actors, destabilizing communities, well-funded with questionable ideological motivations. What have the NGOs achieved in the past decade that benefits society or make living better for Asians? The answer is nothing.
The industry is reforming but not at the expense of accepting foreign interventionism under the dubious mantle of neo-communism. The notion that Asians should bend over to the will of European Union is based on the narratives promoted by groups like WWF, the Climate Land Use Alliance who spend billions, against Malaysian and Indonesian companies, is grotesque. Even if promoted by esteemed academics.
If anything, the loss of global competitiveness of Indonesian palm oil companies should be a dire warning for the Malaysian government. The industry is paying the price for the previous administration of Najib. IOI has learned this the hard way and despite warnings of foreign NGOs attacking the company paid a dire price in the market. Malaysians need to understand the foreign NGOs, despite their banners, and narratives are pursuing a foreign policy in a symbiotic relationship between EU policy and NGO agendas.
The government of India response to the NGO threat is the right response. It now poses the questions: If it does not benefit society, does not benefit the economy, does not benefit the government why are we promoting NGO ideologies? Will our costs go down? Will the consumer benefit? Will the products be cheaper and better? Will societies be better? The answers if examined critically, unbiased and honest, is No.
War. A dangerous and big word. It suggests an escalation; it suggests conflict and losses and wins. Easily thrown around, seldom understood and even lesser stopped. Since the academic claims we are at war lets wage war that we did not start. So, are we at war? Yes, we are at war.
This is a war of ideologies reminiscent of Malaysian emergency in Asia, and despite the fancy claims, NGOs are executors of that war. A war against our people, our businesses, our families and our future. It is a war of forcing on us a lifestyle not unlike Islamic State, forcing us to adopt to their narratives that conceal ideologies long irrelevant but successfully repackaged. These suggestions must be critically examined. Must be investigated and must be countered. Regardless of the outcries the fake news machinery creates. If we are at war, than lets win the war.
The solution? It is about time Malaysia, Indonesia and other targeted ASEAN countries to recognize the threats these narrative poses to the national economic security of each country. India, and many other countries got it right, NGOs and their funders are at war with us. The solution is simple. Prosecute forces who wage war against the country. Prosecute foreign NGOs who violate the privilege to be in Malaysia. Recognize the threat the NGOs pose to the economic security of Malaysia. Full stop.