JAKARTA – PT Rafi Kamajaya Abadi (RKA), the company that holds a land concession in West Kalimantan, faces a civil lawsuit filed by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia. The lawsuit calls for IDR 1 trillion regarding the forest and land fire over 2,560 hectares (ha) of land. The said lawsuit is registered under case No. 133/Pdt.G/LH/2021/Pengadilan Negeri (PN) Sintang.

In the information disclosure in Sintang State Court quoted today (21/1), the lawsuit includes the request to pay the compensation of environmental losses in cash, which must be stored in the state treasury, worth IDR 270.80 billion in total. Then, the ministry also demands environmental recovery due to the land fire on RKA’s plantation of 2,560 ha worth IDR 731.03 billion.

Rasio Ridho Sani, Director-General of Law Enforcement of Environment and Forestry Ministry, claims that the said lawsuit acts as a lesson to other companies so that they are more serious in preventing and controlling fires in concession forests. “We will utilise legal instruments, sanction and administrative fines, authorisation revocation, compensation, and criminal sanctions to deter any offenders,” he said in the press release.

According to Sani, the Minister of Environment and Forestry ordered to firmly punish the company or any offender involved in forest and land fires. By far, the ministry has sued 22 companies proven to take part in forest and land fire cases. (LK/ZH)