LAST week we briefly discussed the low commodity prices, especially that of palm oil, which have been going on for quite some time, and would likely see no improvement in this new year. For a state like Sabah that depends on oil palm as its main cash crop, that spells bad news. And at least some streams of the tough headwinds that palm oil is facing are perhaps what could be called “non-market oriented” in nature, with concerns about health, environment and labor standards popping up ubiquitously.

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