Labelling concerns Malaysia’s ethnic Chinese farmers
Some 90% of Malaysia's vegetable farmers are ethnic Chinese, yet the country's Ministry of Agriculture has ruled that pesticide instruction leaflets cannot be printed in Chinese, reports the Chinese-language Malaysian newspaper, China Press. The paper quotes Chen Suchao, chairman of the Malaysian vegetable farmers association, as saying pesticide instruction booklets are written in Malay or English, and when using containers of imported Chinese pesticides, farmers will try to peel back the instructions to reveal the original Chinese beneath. Mr Chen reportedly believes that the confusion may lead to improper usage and potentially excessive pesticide residues in retail produce. The association has already brought the issue to the attention of the Ministry, the paper adds.