PalmOilMagazine, BALIGE – Following up the issues about infographic which PT. Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) published saying that there were groups from Kelompok Studi dan Pengembangan Prakarsa Masyarakat (KSPPM) and Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN) Tano Batak which were in partnership with PT. TPL with the concept Kelompok Tani Hutan (KTH), KSPPM and AMAN Tano Batak in the official statement to PalmOilMagazine, Tuesday (1/6/2021) denied the news.
KSPPM and AMAN Tano Batak said, it is not true that KTH that PT. TPL made, is in partnership in Aek Napa. KTH is not developed by KSPPM and member of AMAN Tano Batak.
It happens because Komunitas Ompu Ronggur and Ompu Bolus Simanjuntak still struggle for returning the indigenous regions in Huta Aek Napa. But PT. TPL made KTH Gapoktan Sabungan ni Huta IV which the members are not from indigenous people of Ompu Bolus and Ompu Ronggur to manage and cultivate the indigenous regions.
“Knowing KTH in May 2020, indigenous people of Ompu Bolus and Ompu Ronggur have proposed to cancel KTH Gapoktan Sabungan Ni Huta IV in their indigenous areas because it is potential to make horizontal conflicts,” KSPPM and AMAN Tano Batak said in the release.
It is the lies if KTH which is in partnership or made by PT. TPL in Aek Lung is developed by KSPPM. In the reverse, PT. TPL made KTH Gabe Aeklung which the members are not from indigenous people of Raja Ama Medang Simamora.
KTH made by PT. TPL has rights to cultivate the areas by PT. TPL itself in the indigenous areas of Ama Raja Medang Simamora where they are in conflict. That is why in 2020, indigenous people community proposed to cancel KTH to Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) because the areas are in conflicts.
It is a lie if KTH Dosroha in Onan Harbangan is also developed by KSPPM. PT. TPL recruited 11 members of indigenous people of Onan Harbangan to be the members of KTH by teasing capital to do agriculture and monthly salary;
This raised horizontal conflicts in Dusun Onan Harbangan because in one side, PT. TPL and KTH try to cultivate the indigenous areas in Onan Harbangan but the company is against to the indigenous people of Onan Harbangan themselves.
“Following up the presence of KTH made by PT. TPL in 2020, indigenous people proposed to cancel the Decision of KTH to MEF because it is in indigenous regions and raises horizontal conflicts,” KSPPM and AMAN Tano Batak noted again.
KTH Marsada Pargamanan Bintang Maria is not developed by KSPPM. It was made by PT. TPL by recruiting some indigenous people of Pargamanan Bintang Maria by giving capital to do agriculture. This also raises horizontal confliects in Dusun Pargamanan Bintang Maria. Until now indigenous people of Pargamanan Bintang Maria still fight for their regions.
“Komunitas Adat Ompu Pagar Batu/ KTH Berjuang-Lumban Toruan which was mentioned to be developed by AMAN never becomes the member or be developed by AMAN Tano Batak,” KSPPM and AMAN Tano Batak also noted.
For information, Komunitas Adat Sionom Hudon since 2008 has not been developed by KSPPM. Komunitas Adat Tukko ni Solu in 2018 was fired from the membership of AMAN Tano Batak because it cooperated with TPL. The decision was made after DR, the chairman of the community attended in Sopo AMAN Balige and said, the community should accept the offer of partnership from PT. TPL because the company promised to stop the trial involving DR. PT. TPL did sue DR in the Toba Police.
Komunitas Adat Naga Hulambu is not developed by KSPPM since 2018 because the community is in partnership with PT. TPL because the company promised to develop the way into the village, provide electricity, and give capital to do agriculture. (T2)