RH face tests
Controversial logging giant, Rimbunan Hijau (RH), is facing a stiff threat from forest owners and the Gulf governor to shut down its operations in the province or face a legal battle. The provincial government and the landowners want the company to ship out so they can conserve their forest for future generation and also capitalise on the lucrative carbon trade. They called on Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, who is a staunch advocate of carbon trading, to step in and help them fight the battle. Governor Havila Kavo told the Post-Courier yesterday he would do anything to get rid of RH after claiming the Malaysian company failed to fulfill its landowner obligations such as building roads and other infrastructures in an agreement over the past years.