Tan Bernard Dompok, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities tick-off multi-national companies operating at Sungai Asap, in Belaga for restricting access to their roads to the natives.

He said these multi-national companies should be more responsible.

“Companies should consider usage of their infrastructure such as road by the local resident as part of their corporate responsibilities,” he said.

Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, at Sg Asap community hall on Tuesday, to officiate Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) research station project in Belaga.

According to Dompok, the complex would conduct research on oil palm plantation and other biodiversity aspect.

On the same issue, Minister of Land Development Dato Sri Dr James Masing said these multi-national companies should be more accommodating to the rural dwellers.

Without naming the corporation, Masing said one of them even refused to allow assemblymen to use its road while visiting their constituencies.

Asked if that was the reason why most people in Belaga were reluctant to accept big scale plantation to come in, he said it was among the major factors.

At the same function Dompok presented ‘Kupon Skim Bantuan Anak Benih Sawit Berkualiti’ to 29 small farmers in Belaga.