Tuesday, March 27, 2012

'Felda does not sell products to Israel'

KUALA LUMPUR: The Felda Group has never exported products to Israel through its subsidiaries, including Felda-Iffco Sdn Bhd (FISB), said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan.

He said FISB only shipped products to Palestine in 2010 and last year for the local market via Ashdod port in Israel because there was no other way.
"All the products, which consisted of bulk oil and edible oils were for shipping to Palestine," he told a news conference at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
He was commenting on allegations by DAP member of parliament Er Teck Hwa that Felda had exported palm oil to Israel.
Ahmad clarified that FISB started to make shipments to Palestine in March 2010, while the last consignment was sent on Dec 9 last year, with a trade value of about RM30 million.
According to him, an invoice dated January this year proved that FISB had made a shipment through the Gallia V.1201 vessel to the recipient, Ajjawi Commercial Stores Company, Jenin, Palestine via Ashdod port.
Ahmad said the sale of the products had export permits from the International Trade and Industry Ministry before any shipment was made.
FISB, based in Pandaraman, Klang, is a joint-venture company between Felda Global Ventures Holdings and IFFCO Group, a food processing company based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

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