Vegetable Oils for Health

Event Date : 09/10/2015
Event Time : 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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This seminar brings together foreign and local experts to critically examine the latest evidence on the effects of edible oils on human health, and how these relate to the WHO recommendation on dietary fats and the Malaysian Dietary Guidelines for fat intake.

There is an afternoon forum session where participants can exchange views with experts from the Ministry of Health and the academia on whether our Malaysian Dietary Guidelines are outdated.

Block off your calendar on 9 October 2015 to make a date with the speakers and participants!


  • To provide scientific updates on the impact of dietary fats on human health
  • To understand the behaviours and safety concerns of different dietary fats
  • To decipher the misconceptions and myths related to dietary fats
  • To appreciate the roles of dietary fats in the prevention and treatment of diseases


  • Health professionals (dietitians, nutritionists)
  • Medical doctors
  • Academicians
  • Scientists
  • Researchers
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • The interested layman


Dr-Welma-StonehouseDr Welma Stonehouse is currently a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO in the Nutrition and Health Sciences Programme. Dr Stonehouse’s research focuses on nutritional interventions for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, enhancement of metabolic health and cognitive function. She is recognised for her expertise on omega-3 fatty acids including their health benefits, strategies to increase omega-3 status and assessment of intakes. She has published more than 70 papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and has an H-index of 15. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to nutritional science, she was recently presented with the Muriel Bell Award from the Nutrition Society of New Zealand in December 2013.

Tan-Sri-Augustine-OngTan Sri Augustine Ong is fondly referred to as the “Father of Malaysian Palm Oil”, having been active in Palm Oil Research and Development for over 45 years since 1959. He received the Merdeka Award in 2012 for his significant role in advocating and promoting the Malaysian Palm Oil Industry to the world. Tan Sri has an amazing 14 patents in the technology of palm oil to his credit and published more than 380 scientific articles. He was the former Director-General of the then Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (PORIM), is the Chairman of the International Society for Fat Research (ISF) since 1997, the President of the Malaysian Oil Scientists’ and Technologists’ Association (MOSTA), Senior Fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry London and Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences.

Dr-Tony-NgDr Tony Ng has a 35-year stint as Research Officer at the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) where he retired in 2004 as the Head of the Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Nutrition Research Centre. Thereafter he joined the International Medical University (IMU) to help launch the Nutrition and Dietetics Programme in 2007/2008. Dr Tony obtained his PhD from University Malaya in 1988 working on the nutritional and biochemical properties of palm oil as a dietary fat. He has conducted several human feeding trials on edible oils and has published over a 100 scientific papers. Currently, he serves in several expert committees, including the National Technical Group on Nutritional Guidelines, the National Codex CCNFSDU Sub-Committee, IMU’s Joint Research and Ethics Committee, and the Editorial Committee of the Malaysian Journal of Nutrition and IMU’s eJSME online Journal.

Registration Fee Conference Programme

REGISTRATION FEE (inclusive of 6% GST)

Regular RM318
Student RM223

Conference Programme

Time Event
0815 – 0900. Registration & breakfast
0900. Welcome & Introduction
0915 – 1000 Plenary Session:“Dissecting WHO’s Recommendations for Dietary Fat Over the Years”Speaker: Dr Welma Stonehouse (CSIRO, Adelaide, Australia)
1000 – 1030 Palm olein behaves like a monounsaturated oil. What possible explanation?Speaker: Tan Sri Augustine Ong
1030 – 1100 Prevention of obesity through vegetarian dietSpeaker: Dr Mahenderan Appukutty (UITM/NSM)
1100 – 1130 Are inter-esterified fats safe for human consumption?Speaker: Dr Voon Phooi Tee (MPOB)
1130 – 1200 Bridging sciences into applicationSpeaker: Ms Kanimolli Arasu (IMU)
1230 – 1415 LUNCH
1415 – 1445 Saturated fats: Misperceived or Are they really bad?Speaker: A/P Dr Tony Ng (IMU)
1445 – 1600 Forum: Are the Malaysian Dietary Guidelines for dietaryfat outdated?Chairperson : Prof Khor Geok Lin (TBC)

Members of Forum:

  • Pn Rokiah Don (MOH)
  • A/P Dr Tony Ng (IMU)
  • A/P Dr Sokhini Abd Mutalib (UPM)
  • Ms Kanimolli Arasu (IMU)
1600 Closing and Tea


This seminar is sponsored by the following:

Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)

Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC)

Carotino Sdn Bhd


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