Prompt action against illegal loggers


KUCHING: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) will re-activate its operation to stamp out illegal logging at the Bakun Dam catchment area following fresh reports of the illegal activities.

Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan told the media yesterday that the operation would start immediately to curb the illegal loggers and gangsters who have been harassing the locals, harvesting logs illegally and hampering the daily collection of debris and floating logs in the lake.

Awang Tengah, who is also Minister of Public Utilities, added that the SFC had conducted a major operation against illegal logging from April till June this year, which resulted in the seizure of 500 logs and an illegal sawmill.

“The operation was stopped in the belief that the illegal activities would not happen again. However, SFC will activate the operation as soon as possible to address the illegal logging activities.

“We are grateful to all local community leaders who have highlighted the matter to us. To fight such illegal activities, cooperation from the people is very much needed. The government encourages the people to lodge reports so that immediate action could be taken,” he said at a press conference held at his office at Wisma Sumber Alam in Petra Jaya yesterday.

Awg Tengah also said that SFC had issued a licence for the collection of debris and floating logs within the 5km radius of the Bakun Dam to a company called Wargana Consortium Sdn Bhd formed by the local people themselves, for the period from July 15 this year till Jan 14, 2012.

It was reported in this paper yesterday that illegal loggers and gangsters had been conducting their activities at the Bakun Lake for the past 10 months. The presence of these outsiders had created fear among the locals looking for fish, wild animals and other jungle produce in the area.

Representatives of the Orang Ulu in Belaga led by Pemanca Tony Kulleh and Ajang Sirek expressed concern aboutthe possibility of untoward incidents happening between the local people and ‘rival business groups’ involved in the illegal logging activities.

Urging the government to act immediately, the leaders said that the groups had already brought in their heavy machineries, tugboats, speedboats and the likes. Many others are engaged in armed gangsterism for protection and to threaten others.

The residents are also complaining of log jams at the jetty near the dam site due to the illegal logging activities. They also complained that they were forced to sell the logs that they themselves fell to these gangsters.

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on August 24, 2011, Wednesday

2 Responses to “Prompt action against illegal loggers”

  1. Belagakini Says:

    ‘Rumah terapung’ bak cendawan tumbuh di musim hujan
    Dhia Daniel
    | August 24, 2011

    KUCHING: Masalah pertambahan bilangan ‘rumah terapung’ di sekitar kawasan Empangan Hidroelektrik Bakun dikhuatiri akan ‘mencacatkan’ rancangan Kerajaan Negeri untuk meningkatkan reputasinya sebagai sebuah pusat pelancongan selain dikenali umum sebagai sumber penjanaan bekalan elektrik di negeri ini.

    Menteri Perancangan dan Pengurusan Sumber II Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan berkata kementeriannya akan mengarahkan

    Jawatankuasa Penakungan dan Keselamatan Empangan Bakun untuk menyelaraskan operasi bagi mengatasi masalah kewujudan ‘rumah terapung’ itu terutamanya yang melibatkan kawasan tadahan air berdekatan.

    Menurut beliau, pendekatan seumpamanya perlu dilakukan dalam masa terdekat ini sebagai langkah pencegahan awal daripada berlakunya peningkatan bilangan ‘rumah terapung’ di lokasi terbabit kerana dikhuatiri akan mengancam keselamatan para penghuninya selain kemungkinan menjejaskan kualiti air tasik tersebut.

    “Justeru Kerajaan Negeri akan mengarahkan Jawatankuasa Penakungan dan Keselamatan Empangan Bakun untuk melakukan penyelarasan sebagai langkah awal kita menyelesaikan perkara yang kita khuatiri akan mencetuskan perkara yang tidak baik berlaku.

    “Ini kerana kita tidak mahu mencacatkan permandangan empangan Bakun ini dengan suasana atau keadaan yang kurang menyenangkan kerana kita juga merancang untuk mengangkat reputasinya sebagai sebuah pusat pelancongan pilihan pelancong selain daripada menjana kuasa elektrik,” katanya.

    Sementara itu, mengulas mengenai isu pembalakan haram yang turut berlaku di sekitar empangan Bakun itu, Awang Tengah menegaskan ‘Sarawak Forestry Corporation’ (SFC) telah menyita kira-kira 500 batang kayu balak dan sebuah kilang kayu bergergaji yang beroperasi secara haram di situ.

    Katanya, kejayaan berkenaan adalah hasil daripada operasi penguatkuasaan secara besar-besaran yang dilakukan sekitar April dan Jun lalu.

    “Sehubungan itu, kita amat berharap kerjasama daripada penduduk setempat untuk membuat laporan sekiranya wujudnya pembalakan haram di kawasan penempatan mereka.

    “Langkah ini penting agar operasi penguatkuasaan dapat dijalankan dengan pantas dalam usaha kita meminimumkan dan mencegah akvititi seumpamanya,” katanya.

    Suntingan daripada Free Malaysia Today.

  2. padan ulae Says:

    ini dua ketua masyarakat yang komplen pasti tidak diberi ANG PAW itulah sebab mereka yang bising. Biasa ini mainan orang-orang ketua masyarakat sekarang. Selepas diberi ang pau pakai tutup mulut baru mereka senyap sepi dan mabuk dengan arak chap apek. tengok lah muka mereka yang komplen itu…macam mana dengan projek yang mereka buat di Belaga ada ikut standard kah? Orang Belaga harus pandai buat aduan kepada SPRM bahawa kebanyakan kontraktor di Belaga semua tidak ikut standard prosedur punya.

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