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Brazen encroachment

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The ‘modified bicycle rail system’ believed to have been used to transport the illegal felled timber in the park.

KUCHING: A Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) investigation team seized 250 pieces of sawn timber (batak) processed from illegally felled timber in Similajau National Park in Bintulu yesterday.

According to a statement from the office of the Sarawak Forestry chief executive officer sent to The Borneo Post last night, the team was immediately dispatched upon receiving information from ground intelligence on encroachment into the national park.

The statement added that the seized timber valued at about RM30,000 could be just a portion of the timber stolen from the park.

“Investigation is still ongoing. We believe that there are more illegal felled timber hidden in the park.”

SFC officers carrying investigation at the site.

The investigation team also found a modified bicycle and came upon a “modified bicycle rail system” which is believed to have been used to transport the illegally felled logs in the park.

The seized timber will be handed over to the state Forest Department for further investigation and action.

The joint operation was carried out by SFC and the Forestry Department.