No report of FGV subsidiaries involved in open burning, says CEO

KUALA LUMPUR: FGV Holdings Bhd says it has not received any report of its subsidiaries’ involvement in open burning in Indonesia that has allegedly contributed to the haze affecting the region.

“Until we have data, we are not able to say if (this) thing is happening or not,” group CEO Haris Fadzilah Hassan told reporters at a partnership deal-signing ceremony between Delima Oil Products Sdn Bhd and DKSH (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd today.

“So far, we have not had any report about that, but of course, being in Indonesia is a bit tricky because we have the (Perkebunan) Inti (Rakyat) and Plasma (Transmigration Programme), and there are also some smallholders around the perimeter of the big plantations,” he added.

Perkebunan Inti Rakyat is a joint-venture scheme between companies and smallholders, while the Plasma Transmigration Programme refers to farmers who are taking part in the programme set up by the Indonesian government.

Earlier, Haris said FGV runs palm oil plantation joint-venture companies together with Lembaga Tabung Haji in Kalimantan Tengah, Kalimantan Utara, Kalimantan Barat, and Pontianak.