Sarawak Forestry Corporation stops illegal logging at Bukit Sengkabang

The confiscated logs.

KUCHING: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) busted an illegal logging at Bukit Sengkabang, Sare near Sarikei yesterday following a public tip-off.

“Our enforcement team at One-Stop Compliance Centre (OSCC) Sarikei went into action soon after receiving information about suspicious logging activities at the said location.

“The subsequent raid of the site found 199 pieces of illegal logs with an estimated volume of 90 cubic metres (m3). The logs comprising various sizes and tree species are believed to be from illegal logging at the forest nearby. None of the logs bear any official markings and were subsequently detained upon confirming that no license to extract timber has been issued at the area,” said a statement issued by SFC.

“A report has been lodged at Sarikei Police Station. The case has been handed over to the relevant authority for further investigation and disposal,” added the statement.

The SFC statement added that the corporation’s OSCCs have detected 13 illegal logging cases and consficated 1,496 logs during the first quarter this year.