• Illegal logging cases in Sarawak shoot up this year

    Published: Wednesday, 9 August 2017
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    KUCHING: Sarawak Region 5 marine police (PPM W5) have handled 492 cases of summonses and arrests involving illegal logging in Sarawak in the first seven months of this year.

    Its commander, ACP Salehuddin Mat Zaman, said the figures showed a significant increase compared with the 299 cases in the same period last year.

    However, he said, the value of seized logs during the period had dropped to RM10.66 million this year compared with RM15.89 million the previous year.

    Talking to reporters after a PPM W5 monthly gathering here, he said he had seen the number of illegal logging cases declining in general over the past several years.

    He said this was due to the numerous integrated enforcement operations by the relevant agencies under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS).

    He said illegal loggers often changed their modus operandi to avoid detection, with the latest being to let the logs drift downstream in rivers as easy transportation to the sawmills.

    He said this method was often used at Rajang River, which was wide and long and whose upper reaches flowed into the interior of central Sarawak. It was however extremely dangerous to boat users.

    In this regard, Salehuddin urged the public with information on illegal logging activities to contact PPM W5 at 082-334111. - Bernama

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