Tasmanian MP pleased with firm’s forestry practices

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  • Friday, 22 Oct 2010

SIBU: A Member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council has expressed his satisfaction with Ta Ann Holdings Bhd’s forestry and downstream processing practices, saying that the company conducted its operations to the highest ethical standards.

Andrew Paul Harriss, who is on a fact-finding mission to the group’s timber and plantation operations in Sarawak, said baseless allegations and unscrupulous comments made by a small group of timber industry detractors in Tasmania against Ta Ann were scathing and unreasonable.

The Tasmanian MP, who refuted allegations by environmentalists, said: “I am here to have a first-hand look and get a clearer understanding of the actual situation.”

Speaking at a press conference here yesterday, he said wildlife conservation and respect for the rights and access to land for native people were very important, adding that the allegations were damaging to Ta Ann and the state’s timber industry as a whole.

He was also impressed with the memorandum of understanding Ta Ann had entered into with the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) last year, to assume a role in wildlife conservation. – Bernama

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