Malaysians feel palm oil is healthier than soy oil, UCSI Poll reveals

Modified 24 Jun 2020, 8:08 am

A recent survey held amongst residents here by the UCSI Poll Research Centre found that almost 80% of the 667 respondents agreed that palm oil is a healthier option than to soy oil.

The research centre’s chief executive officer Assistant Professor Dr Noppadon Kannika said more than 70% of respondents from each age group, namely generation Z, generation Y, generation X, baby boomers and others, agreed and strongly agreed with this statement.

“However, 20.8% of total respondents disagreed with the statement,” he said.

Surprisingly, he said, 54.6% of them were ambivalent that the European Commission had classified palm oil biofuels as unsustainable and that the EU no longer considered such fuel as amongst the energy targets.

When asked if Malaysia should continue producing palm oil under a revised strategy, Dr Noppadon said that 84.3% of the total respondents were in favour of such an idea, while the rest disagreed.

“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% of the total respondents had a degree qualification and above.

“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 can 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,” Dr Noppadon 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; their opinion on the comparison between palm oil and soy oil; and to classify their perception based on gender, age generations, occupations, education and income levels.

In this poll, 51.4% of the total respondents were females, and 48.6% were males. A total of 38.2% were private-company workers, 23.8% were students, 12.7% were business owners, 10.5% were government officers, 5.4% were freelancers, and 9.4% were others such as farmers, retired people, unemployed people.

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

The survey has a margin of sampling error of about 3.5%.

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