Monday, August 26

GOF, SFC swoop on illegal loggers

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Logs, machinery worth RM1.4 million seized, local man detained in raid

An enforcement officer (right) escorts a suspect for investigation.

SIBU: The 10th Battalion General Operations Force (GOF) here hope the local community
will continue to give their cooperation to the enforcement authorities in the fight against illegal logging.

Its assistant commanding officer DSP Frediel Nyambong said they welcomed the public to provide tips on such illegal activities in their areas.

“We assure them that any information given will be treated as private and confidential,” he told a press conference to announce their seizure during ‘Op Libas’, held at the GOF10th Battalion camp in Lanang Road here yesterday.

Frediel said during the operation (Op Libas) conducted at Sungai Uka in Poi, Kanowit on Monday, they, together with Sarawak Forestry Corporation, seized 260 timber logs of various species and sizes worth RM700,000 and machinery from a log pond, which is suspected to be operating illegally.

The total seizure amounted to RM1.426 million, he said.

They also detained a 50-year- old local man suspected to be the owner of the machinery found at the log pond, and a 39-year-old Indonesian man believed to be his worker.

“The local man failed to produce any related documents.

“The machinery included two bulldozers, two excavators, two generator sets, one chainsaw and a water pump,” he said, adding the felled logs were also found to be without Log Production Identity (LPI) tags, ownership mark and Forest Department stamp.”

Frediel (seated centre) and is men show photos of the operation during the press conference.

The case is being investigated under Sarawak Forest Ordinance 2015, and has been handed over to Sarawak Security and Enforcement Unit under the Chief Minister’s Office.

Frediel also said that from January until April 10 this year, they have conducted 15 operations on illegal logging, with seized contrabands totaling RM3.375 million.

Last year, they seized RM4.231 million worth of logs and machinery in similar operations.

They arrested 22 individuals during the operation from January until April 10 this year while 17 individuals were arrested in similar operations in 2018.