RIAU - A preliminary report of an investigation conducted by the Environment Ministry has indicated eight palm oil plantation companies belonging to Malaysian investors involved in land burning in Riau.
Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya said that a verification process on the companies' activities in the fields was ongoing to get evidence on their alleged involvements in burning land.
"But one thing that can be sure about it is, fires have been found in their concession areas," he said in a press conference in Pekanbaru, on Saturday.
The companies allegedly involved in the land burning are Adei Plantation, Bumi Reksa Nusa Sejati, Jatim Jaya Perkasa, Langgam Inti Hibrida, Multi Gambut Industri, Mustika Agro Lestari, Tunggal Mitra Plantation, and Udaya Loh Denawi.
Balthasar said that he would meet his Malaysian counterpart to discuss the issue. "I will reveal the findings of the investigation," he said.
Deputy Environment Minister for Environment Damage Control and Climate Change, Arief Yuwono, said if proven guilty, companies involved could face sanctions under the Law No.32/2009 on environment protection and management.
"Company owners are required and share responsibilities to protect their areas from land burning," he said.
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