Hornbill Unleashed

July 19, 2010

Papua New Guinea judge ticks off Rimbunan Hijau

Filed under: Human rights,Legal,Logging,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:36 PM
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By MalaysiaKini

A judge in Papua New Guinea has has told off Malaysian-owned logging company Rimbunan Hijau PNG Ltd for abusing the court system in order to harass and threaten a local newspaper from reporting on the logging giant’s activities in the country.

According to a July 13 ABC news report, Judge Ambeng Kandakasi threw out the company’s defamation suit and other motions against the Post-Courier.

Four years ago the logging firm filed a defamation suit against the Papua New Guinean daily after it reprinted an Australian newspaper report headlined ‘The Rape of PNG Forest’. 

Several other legal actions followed suit.

azlanIn his judgment Kandakasi awarded the newspaper costs against Rimbunan Hijau and three related companies.

The judge ruled that the company had used the proceeding to “threaten, intimidate and harass” the newspaper and cause it to waste unnecessary time and money.

The national court judge added that the case was “an abuse of the court process”.

He also ordered one of the logging firm’s lawyers, Michael Wilson, to be investigated for alleged perjury, following conflicting affidavits filed by the lawyer.

According to theABC report, Wilson has denied any wrongdoing, while Rimbunan Hijau has not commented on the decision.

ABC also noted that Rimbunan Hijau-owned local newspaper The National did not report on the decision.



  1. U think so? I would part of the consortium that displacing the people of Ulu Baram….. clearing disputed lands for Oil Palm? Rimbunan Hijau, KTS, Shin Yang, Interhill and Samling…

    Comment by anak Sarawak... — July 21, 2010 @ 12:03 PM | Reply

    • *I would say its…

      Comment by anak Sarawak... — July 21, 2010 @ 12:46 PM | Reply

    • Ya kah?

      Sorry, Man! Didn’t know that. So what kinds of things did they do?

      Comment by Watcha — July 21, 2010 @ 1:18 PM | Reply

      • Guess what…RH is the Master of the Master of the logging companies in Sarawak…..the RH Taiko used to travels with the ex PM TM overseas? guess what….Samling, Shin Yang Taiko’s were splinters of RH….

        Comment by anak Sarawak... — July 21, 2010 @ 2:12 PM | Reply

  2. Rimbunan has been very well-behaved in Sarawak. Don’t you think?

    No noise, no legal misdemeanor, good corporate citizen. Very hijau they blend with greens.

    Comment by Watcha — July 20, 2010 @ 2:47 PM | Reply

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