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NGO Rejoinder

7 Jul 2021

The Borneo Project

Rejoinder from the Borneo Project to Samling's response


  1. Samling’s compliance with the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme has been called into question by Indigenous communities themselves. SAVE Rivers’ online portal and team is publicizing and following up on these concerns to ensure they are addressed in a satisfactory manner rather than dismissed. In May 2021, 36 communities of the Ulu Baram and Ulu Limbang filed official complaints against the certification of two logging concessions with the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) ... We hope this matter can be resolved in a non-adversarial fashion through this mediation process, rather than through the courts.
  2. Samling and Treeone Megapellet Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Samling Plywood) have directly threatened Indigenous communities in the Baram and Limbang regions of Sarawak with legal action ... stating “we reserve our rights to take legal action” ... These letters have been collated by The Borneo Project and can be shared on request. All of these communities have voiced concerns about Samling and its subsidiaries’ operations on their lands.
  3. A full report titled ‘Complaints from the ground regarding the implementation of the MTCS in Sarawak, Malaysia’ was submitted by a coalition of communities and civil society organisations in October 2020 ... Neither SAVE Rivers nor affected communities have ever made any claim that MTCC or the auditors SIRIM QAS are involved in corruption of any sort.