MALAYSIA should seek other diplomatic avenues in resolving the palm oil conflict with the European Union (EU) as the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Appellate Body is “paralysed” due to its limited panel members.

The arbitrator lost its power to rule in a trade dispute when two of its three remaining judges — the minimum number of panels needed to hear a case, met their terms’ expiration last week.

Economist Prof Dr Rajah Rasiah said Malaysia should begin to look at bilateral and multilateral avenues, which are expected to result in a better outcome.

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