Oil palm planters in the line of fire

Nageeb: The zero-burning policy is strictly adopted by all our oil palm planters (members) with operations in Malaysia and abroad.

THE forest fires in Indonesia that have led to the troubling haze crisis in South-East Asia (SEA) have drawn attention to Malaysian oil palm planters. Serious allegations have been levelled against local planters’ negligence and weak anti-fire precautionary measures in their estate holdings in the republic.

The Indonesian authorities last week singled out at least 30 companies, including four high-profile Malaysian planters – Sime Darby Plantation Bhd (SDP), IOI Corp Bhd, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) and Terengganu-state owned plantation arm TDM Bhd – as the culprits behind the major forest fires.

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