Most Malaysians view palm oil as healthier than soyoil - UCSI Poll

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 (Bernama) -- Nearly 80 per cent of Malaysian residents agree that palm oil is a healthier option to soyoil, according to the result of a recent survey by the UCSI Poll Research Centre.

The research centre's chief executive officer, Assistant Professor Dr Noppadon Kannika, said 20.8 per cent of the 667 respondents disagreed with the statement.

“More than 70 per cent of respondents from each age group, namely generation Z, generation Y, generation X, baby boomers and others, ‘agreed’ and ‘strongly agreed’ with this statement,” he said in a statement today.

Surprisingly, he said, 54.6 per cent of the respondents were ambivalent that the European Commission had classified palm oil biofuels as unsustainable and that the European Union (EU) no longer considered such fuel as among the energy targets. 

The majority -- 84.3 per cent -- were in favour of Malaysia continuing to produce palm oil under a revised strategy, he said.

“This poll clearly shows that most ‘studied people’ want the country to continue producing palm oil under a renewed strategy that would benefit Malaysians,” he said, adding that 57.2 per cent of all respondents had a degree qualification and above.

Noppadon said the revised palm oil strategy should be considered by working with international partners to have a better understanding of the palm oil process and products that could save the bio-diversity of the country’s natural resources.

“Moreover, the public should be informed about the European Commission’s Zero Palm Oil for moving people along with national leaders in protecting the country’s interest,” he added.

The survey was conducted from June 1 to June 23 by using qualitative and quantitative approaches.

The poll was to determine people's perception towards the European Commission’s palm oil ban and their opinion on the comparison between palm oil and soy oil, and to classify their perceptions based on gender, age generation, occupation, education and income level.

In this poll, 51.4 per cent of the total respondents were females, and 48.6 per cent were males.

Of the respondents, the research centre said a total of 38.2 per cent were private-company workers, 23.8 per cent were students, 12.7 per cent were business owners, 10.5 per cent were government officers, 5.4 per cent were freelancers, and 9.4 per cent were others such as farmers, retired people, and unemployed people.

In terms of respondents’ monthly income, it said 34.3 per cent earned under RM2,000, 33.1 per cent earned around RM2,000 and RM4,999, 25.9 per cent earned between RM5,000 and RM7,999, while 6.7 per cent earned RM8,000 and more.

The survey had a margin of sampling error of about 3.5 per cent, it added.


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