Number One: 2 June 2002
Rimbunan Hijau employing hundreds of illegal foreign workers in its logging camps
PNGs largest logging company, Rimbunan Hijau, is employing hundreds of illegal foreign workers in its logging camps, according to company documents obtained by Masalai tokaut.
Malaysian owned Rimbunan Hijau owns at least 17 different forestry companies in PNG. Internal documents (attached below) show that these companies employ more than 450 Malaysian, Indonesian, Chinese and Filipino workers in positions such as cooks, tractor drivers and sawmill machinery operators.
Company documents list the cooks employed in PNG by Rimbunan Hijau as, Djong Djun Njuk, Lin Jinguo, Lin Lifen, Lin Xin, Lin Xiuhua, Lin Xiaoan, Ling Xueqiang, Hoo Chuo Kiew, Kasiyem Li Yahong, Ling Kee, Chen Changlin, Lin Chengan, Lin Guobao, Lin Guoxing, Lin Guochang, Lin Siew Fang and Lu Yue Zhen.
Tractor drivers are listed as, Lagai Ak Sadam, Abang Ak Gawing, Aus Ak Batat, Engkadah Galau, Gelau Anak Nyuak, Jelaping Ak Gawing, Jip Ak Manja, Kong Pablo, Llabok Anak Sabang, Menggong Guang, Ngalambong Anak Antas, Paul Anak Beli, Simon Anak Ngajang, Yee Ak Entai, Gunjah Ak Timbak, Rasit Ak Dagak, Uchi Ak Setia, Bajat Ak Garasi, Entinggar Maran, Bunsu Ak Bujal, Dullah Ak Geram, Gurhka Ak Galang, Kana Ak Bayak, Lagan Ak Chendan, Mamat Ak Daud, Nalong Ak Ambun, Nepok Ak Tutong, Nyandang Ak Lajun, Paieng Ak Andi, Pitun Ak Santap, Ak Lanting, Rundang, Saing Ak Tekalong, Andrew Ak Nyambong, Garing Ak Banta, Sare Ak Labar, Alot Ak Umping, Douglas Ak Inyau, Jarraw Ak Limbai, Jemet Ak Ebet, Kana Ak Upong, Naga Ak Galau, Nyaring Ak Joh, Saing Ak Unggat, Sinau Ak Labang
PNG has strict laws on the employment of foreign labour that include the reservation of most technical and unskilled positions for local people and a requirement for foreign workers to operate under strict localisation plans and to train local replacements.