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Lawsuit (SLAPP)

21 Jul 2021

SAVE Rivers


Date lawsuit was filed
21 Jul 2021
Date accuracy
All Correct
Not applicable
SAVE Rivers
Environmental concerns group
Lawsuits: SLAPPs
Legal claims: Defamation
Amount of damages: $1.182.785
Amount of damages (local currency): RM5 million
Lawsuit Brought By: Company
Target: Group, Organisation or Institution
Location of Filing: Malaysia
Location of Incident: Malaysia
Samling Malaysia Logging & lumber Company Response


On 21 June 2021, the logging company Samling Plywood filed a defamation lawsuit against SAVE Rivers and its directors for publishing alleged defamatory statements. The company seeks an apology, an injunction stopping SAVE Rivers from reporting community claims, and RM5 million in damages (around 1 million USD). SAVE Rivers has alleged that the concession issued in favor of Samling was allegedly done without compliance with due process and thereby allegedly in violation of the rights of the indigenous communities. Several communities also alleged that they were not consulted about the concessions before their approval. A coalition of local and international organizations, including the Bruno Manser Fund and The Borneo Project, have called on Samling to drop the lawsuit. We invited the company to respond; it did. A rejoinder from The Borneo Project is available here.