Speaker Chambers Lauds Sime Darby For ‘Cooperating’

Dr. Bhofal Chambers

The  speaker of Liberian House of Representative,  has praised  Sime Darby for cooperating with the  house in its investigation.

The statement was made by Dr. Bhofal  Chambers on Thursday when  top management of the company appeared before it to submit the special investigation committee.

He said, “despite these  difficulties the company has been faced with, it has remained committed to the lawmakers who are the representatives of the Liberian people,” he said in parliament.

A special committee was set up recently to investigate the activities of the company, after a video  taken by ‘unknown persons’  was  carried viral on social media.  The video  according to security, was recorded early this year, but  later released.

House Speaker Bhofal Chambers commended  the company for exhibiting a high degree of maturity  from the inception of the investigation. “This clearly demonstrates the commitment of  Sime Darby Plantation to the Liberian people,” he said.

He said,  “We are not enemies, we want you do the right things for our people so that their welfare is being taken care of. We are a friendly business country and a business-friendly legislature. We think you have been cooperative as we have sent for you and you been on time.”

The special committee among other things in its recommendations called on the company to  repair the hand pump and improve the  science laboratory  as well as  improve the water system at the school and in the communities.

The  committee however removed part of the  recommendation which called for the resignation or recall of the operation manager of the company, Ali Kamal.  The speaker said,   it was not  in the preview of the  house to recommend such action since one of the lawmakers, Clarence Massaquoi has  called for its removal from the recommendation.

The committee report comes at a time when one   civil society activist, Charles Brown from Bomi county along with others from Cape Mount County called on the lawmakers  to prevail on SDPl top management to recall David Parker,  its General Manager.

The group has  attributed the instabilities and problems at the plantation to the arrogant position and disrespectful attitude of Mr. Parker to the communities and workers as well as the Union.

The company received the report and is expected to return to the house with a time frame on how it intends to proceed with the recommendations.

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