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A report on how hundreds of millions of dollars worth of illegal Indonesian timber, including the particularly vulnerable species ramin, are estimated to be entering neighbouring Malaysia each year, providing cheap raw materials to a voracious wood industry.

Since 2001, Telapak and its partner have repeatedly exposed how, despite being a signatory to CITES, Malaysia is wilfully failing to uphold its international commitments, allowing stolen illegal Indonesian ramin to be traded through the country with impunity.

As a result, products including baby furniture and pool cues made from illegal wood are reaching the homes of unsuspecting consumers in the EU, USA and.....
A report into how corruption on the part of Indonesian police and government officials is to blame for continued illegal logging in Indonesia’s national parks.

We urge Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri to personally ensure that her Government acts against timber barons such as Peoples’ Consultative Assembly member Abdul Rasyid, whose company stands accused of being behind the destruction of Tanjung Puting National Park, transporting illegal logs, bribery, kidnap and violence.

Without such figures being prosecuted and jailed for their crimes, there is no hope or reason for underpaid officials to refuse a bribe......
In the remote and supposedly protected park in Kalimantan, we found previously pristine rainforest in a state of violent chaos, effectively under siege from logging gangs targeting valuable ramin trees – despite the fact that it was vital habitat for endangered orangutans.

We pieced together the evidence on the ground to discover who was behind the huge theft and found it pointed to illegal logging kingpin Abdul Rasyid and his company Tanjung Lingga......

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