Malaysia

PAN AP releases a video documentary on land grabbing in Sarawak

It was their native customary land until palm oil companies came and claimed it their own. With the help of corrupt politicians, almost 9,000 hectares of forest and agricultural lands were flattened. Fences were put up, barring indigenous peoples from entering their own ancestral land. This is the story of Melikin. The story of many indigenous peoples in Sarawak.

Asian palm-oil planters head to West Africa

Suitable land for palm-oil cultivation is running out in top producers Malaysia and Indonesia, which now account for about 85 percent of the global output. Wilmar is among several companies searching for land in West and Central Africa.

Qatar ponders investment in Sarawak halal hub

Qatar will build a hub at Tanjung Manis in Sarawak, Malaysia, which is home to more than 77,000 hectares of agricultural land, mainly for the production of pharmaceuticals and halal food.

The controversy of land deals in Liberia

From a a palm oil plantation run by a Malaysian company, Sime Darby, the Today programme's Evan Davis looked into whether lands deals are a route into better life, or a signing away of the nation's wealth.