Leonardo DiCaprio’s remarks on the Palm Oil industry in Indonesia has triggered a backlash. Senior officials have threatened DiCaprio of deportation. However, the actor has already left the country.
Leonardo DiCaprio was in the country with actors Adrien Brody and Fisher Stevens, who visited the Mount Leuser National Park. The Leuser Ecosystem is considered a safe haven for Sumatran orangutans explains Eco Watch.
It is also an area of intact rainforest in South-East Asia. DiCaprio opined that the expansion of palm oil plantations has threatened this bio diversity hotspot. “If we don’t stop this rampant destruction, the Leuser Ecosystem and the Sumatran orangutans that call it home could be lost forever,” he said.
He took to social media to post about his visit and urged fans to sign a Change.org petition. He also shared it to spread a word about the endangered habitat. The visit comes after his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he pledged US $ 15 million as a commitment to various environmental projects. Leuser Ecosystem is one of them.
According to EnTempo, a palm oil businessman has responded to DiCaprio’s remarks. Asmar Arsyad from Aceh revealed that the actor had got it wrong. “He should be campaigning for environmental conservation in the Amazon jungle that is being depleted by soy oil plantations,” said Asryad.
His statements has upset a few government officials. They believe that the actor was running a smear campaign against the government and the industry in Indonesia. Ronny Sompie, Director General, Indonesia’s immigration reacted to the actor’s comments on social media states ABC News. He warned prospective tourists that the immigration act could be used against others like DiCaprio if they disturbed the country’s sovereignty.
“We can use the immigration act towards foreigners who disturb our country’s sovereignty,” said Sompie. He elaborated that the star, who was on tourist visa can be deported as it can be easily proven that he is creating public disturbances. “Creating public disturbances and harming the state’s interest, the Immigration is ready to deport him,” he added.
However, Inspector Sompie has explained that the actor left Indonesia days ago.