Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Video:Borneo's Palm-Oil Dilemma

Hantu Laut

Sabah has the same very disturbing ecological problems.

A study by the Department of Environment found that twenty-nine oil palm mills on Sabah's Kinabatangan River were dumping pollution into the river. The river ecosystem is home to orangutans, Bornean pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, the storm's stork, and many other species. Fifty years ago the Kinabatangan River was clear. Today, after decades of clear-cut logging and then the palm oil industry, it is coffee-colored.

The entire industry showed no social responsibility maximising profits with dire consequence to the environment.

Since the industry are not willing to self-regulate it's about time the state government legislate laws to compel the industry to comply with environmental regulations and stop giving out land for palm oil cultivation.


SM said...

Bro HL,

And you are expecting the Sabah State Government to put in regulations?
Good luck bro!

Pak Zawi said...

Greedy businessman coupled with corrupt leaders brought us this problem. Hopefully it is not too late for Sabah. With some political will, the remaining forest should be left standing to avoid total deforestation leading to disaster.
A mono crop like oil palm isn't a substitute for a natural forest.