2 Jul 2009

Environmentalists criticise PNG knighthood of Malaysian logger

5:30 pm on 2 July 2009

Environment groups are outraged that the billionaire Malaysian owner of the Rimbunan Hijau logging company has been awarded a knighthood for work in Papua New Guinea.

Tiong Hiew King received an honorary knighthood for services to commerce, the community and charitable organisations in PNG last month.

But NGOs and environment groups are highly critical of the honour.

The Swiss organisation Bruno Manser Fund has dubbed him the Knight of the Chainsaw.

PNG Greenpeace Forest campaigner Valerie Phillips says two years ago, Greenpeace presented Rimbunan Hijau a Golden Chainsaw Award for 30 years of forest plunder.

The company also owns the PNG daily newspaper, The National.