After fighting for the return of their ancestral lands for more than a decade, the people of Long Teran Kenan in Malaysian Borneo decided to take back their traditional lands. Their territory had been taken from them and converted to palm plantations that are now owned by the notorious global palm oil giant IOI Group.
Members of the Long Teran community drew a line in the sand when they occupied two palm oil plots that IOI Group had continued to harvest despite a historic decision by the Malaysian court, which ruled in March 2010 that the palm oil plots in question were indeed on native customary lands.
Please join us in calling on IOI Group to respect native customary rights and the basic needs of the community of Long Teran Kenan.
- Chairman, IOI Group
Lee Shin Cheng
I am writing to you today to express my support for the community of Long Teran Kenan and its re-occupation of two IOI palm oil plots that are planted on native customary lands.
Cargill—the largest importer of palm oil into the United States—buys from your company, which means that palm oil tainted with human and Indigenous rights violations may be ending up in my grocery store.
I am deeply disappointed with your inability to resolve your conflict with this community and commend them for their work to save native customary lands from corporate agriculture. I would like to see IOI stop its efforts to use high-powered lawyers to bully Indigenous community members.
In order to address these issues in a respectful way, I urge you to immediately and in good faith engage with the community of Long Teran Kenan to meet their needs and rights. If you are unable to propose a decent offer to resolve the existing conflicts, then I would recommend you pack up and leave the re-occupied lands.
Thank you for your time,
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