Community pushes PT Inti Kebun Sejahtera to keep its promises.

Oil palm company PT Inti Kebun Sejahtera has been operating in Salawati and Moisigin districts of Sorong Regency, West Papua Province since 2008. Part of the plantation around Ninjemur and Klawotom is already in production.

Although the company’s operations started over five years ago, many of the promises it made have still not been fulfilled, for example housing, education and healthcare, and also giving land to the local community for oil palm smallholdings (plasma). The Kalawen and Sawat clans from Klawotom village, Salawati District have been waiting a long time for this promise of plasma land. PT Inti Kebun Sejahtera has never given them any conclusive answers, and so local people barred PT Inti Kebun Sejahtera’s entrance road to land it wished to clear in the Matawolot area.

In late May 2014 local people planted stakes with red cloth tied around the end. This is a way to forbid the company to operate on the new land until it meets its promises to the clans which own the land.

According to Frans Kalawen, a community figure in Klawatom, the people were promised 20% of the land given to the company (up to 1000 hectares) as plasma smallholding land. The community have already surrendered the land but the company has not met its obligation.


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