On 4 November 2019, Greenpeace released a report, Burning Down the House. The report claimed that Makin Group has 310 fire hotspots from Jan to Sept 2019; 6,000 ha area of fires between 2015 to 2018 and 656 ha of area of repeat burns. In the same report mentioned that PT Ricky Kurniawan Kertapersada (PT RKK), a subsidiary of Makin Group was sealed by KLHK in 2019 and Chairman of the company was sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined IDR 2 bilion.
Apical demanded a clarification from Makin Group on the grievance cases reported.
Makin Group explained while there had been occurrence of fires in PT RKK in 2019 however none of the fires sources were from within the PT RKK concession. Though the burned area in September 2019 is being sealed, Makin highlighted that the company cannot be blamed as they had taken actions to ensure the fires did not encroach the concession including assisted and working closely with local people in putting out fires in neighboring area of PT RKK as well as had prepared for the dry season since early this year. Makin informed they had successfully put off the fires in three days.
Makin Group highlighted that several actions have been taken including closely monitoring hotspots and schedule patrolling to prevent any fire incidents.