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Indonesia seals land owned by Malaysian, Singaporean firms

  • Dian Septiari and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

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Jakarta   /   Sat, September 14, 2019   /  05:07 pm
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A member of East Tanjungjabung Fire Brigade attempting to put out the fire in Londerang protected peatland forest area. This area had been burnt since last week. (JP/Jon Afrizal)

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said the government had sealed off land owned by three Malaysian palm oil companies and one Singaporean company, blaming them for causing land and forest fires in Riau and West Kalimantan. “There are four Singaporean and Malaysian companies,” she told reporters on Friday after a meeting with other ministers to discuss wildfire mitigation. Siti named the palm oil companies in question. Three of them, namely Sime Indo Agro, Rafi Kamajaya Abadi and Sukses Karya Sawit, are West Kalimantan-based subsidiaries of Malaysian conglomerates. A plantation owned by PT Hutan Ketapang Industri, which is owned by a Singaporean firm, was also sealed. Lee Yeow Seng, the son of the CEO of IOI Corporation, which owns Sukses Karya Sawit, is reportedly the husband of Malaysian Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment ...