From the “Palm Oil” influencers list, Teresa Kok took the top spot with 453 statements. But she is not alone in this battle as other ministers also addressed the nation’s palm oil industry struggle. They are namely Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, amongst others.
This is not surprising as palm oil is the top contributor to Malaysia’s GDP under the agricultural sector. According to the data from Department of Statistic Malaysia, almost half of the GDP from the agricultural sector came from palm oil industry, 46.6%. This translated to RM44.8 billion or 3.8% of Malaysia’s total GDP for the year 2017.