THIS IS RH’s Press Release from the 10th of October
Rimbunan Hijau Group of Companies
PO Box 102
National Capital District
For Immediate Release 10, Ocotber 2011
The Rimbunan Hijau Group welcomes any police investigations into this allegation made by PNG Eco-Forestry a non government organization which does not support any form of development in Papua New Guinea to uplift the ordinary life of Papua New Guineans even though all process of acquisition and requirement are met by the companies.
Rimbunan Hijau vehemently denies any imputations that it condones any such baseless allegations.
The majority of the land owners support the Palm Oil projects and the recent attempts by this few disgruntled land owners attempt with assistance from NGOs whom do not support any form of development, to derail and stop this very important project was refused by the National Court recently.
The Royal Constabulary is very independent and high integrity institution of the state of Papua New Guinea and we welcome the comments of Acting Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga.
We regret this constant unverified adverse media release by non – government organization in hell bent generating adverse publicity in order to keep their antigovernment campaign alive for domestic and international donors is very much regretted and it is not helpful for a country that is seeking to develop its resources sustainably which is much needed.
WE NOW KNOW THIS FROM THE POLICE
Logging giant 'paid for crackdown on villagers'
BY LIAM FOX
POLICE IN Papua New Guinea have revealed a logging company financed a crackdown on villagers protesting against a controversial oil palm plantation.
Villagers in East New Britain province have been protesting against an oil palm plantation covering 44,000 hectares, saying the land was leased without their consent.
Last week a squad of policemen was sent to the area and protestors say they arrested two men and bashed several others.
Assistant Commissioner Anton Billy accused the protestors of trespassing into the plantation's work camp and assaulting workers.
He said Malaysian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau flew the officers to the area and was paying their allowances and providing accommodation.
"We don't have any funds to get these people there and pay them allowances and all this stuff. That's normal," he said.
Rimbunan Hijau is yet to comment.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 11 October
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