On 3 October 2017, Foresthints News published a news regarding PT Permata Sawit Mandiri (PT PSM) has begun the clearing of HCS forests within their concession located in West Kalimantan’s Ketapang regency which is home to the Bornean orangutan. PT PSM is claimed to be a Sepanjang group palm oil company and this group also owns PT Bintang Harapan Desa (PT BHD), the parent company of PT PSM. PT BHD is one of Apical’s suppliers.
04 October 2016: Apical requested for clarification from PT Bintang Harapan Desa (PT BHD) on the allegations.
06 October 2016: Apical received clarification letter from PT BHD. PT BHD confirmed they are not related to Sepanjang Group and no longer owns PT PSM since September 2017.