On 11 October 2019, Mighty Earth released the Rapid Response Report 20. The report alleged PT Makmur Bersama Asia (PT MBA), a subsidiary of STH Group of clearing a total of 2 ha of forest in concession between 20 February 2019 and 30 August 2019.
Apical demanded clarification from STH Group with regards to the allegations made in the report.
STH informed that the land clearing conducted by local community and it is located outside of PT MBA. STH shared with Apical a letter from Kepala Desa Tumbang Randang claimed that the land belong to them and not PT MBA. According to STH, PT MBA only conducted study as well as survey in the concession and it has also fulfilled the legal requirements.
Apical has conducted desktop analysis based on the concession map provided and confirmed that the land clearing is outside of the concession.