Companies responsible for forest fires are not being served equal punishment. Civil suits are difficult to execute, while criminal suits do not seem to be moving forward.
BAMBANG Hero Saharjo still remembers clearly the land and forest fires that burned Bumi Mekar Hijau’s (BMH) concession land in Ogan Komering Ilir, South Sumatra, six years ago. The fires ravaged a 20,000-hectare area. BMH, a wood supplier for Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Sinar Mas—a business group owned by tycoon Eka Tjipta Widjaja, who died at the age of 97 years old early last year—has been sued twice.
The environment and fore...