LAWAS: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) officers unexpectedly stumbled over illegal logging activities last Sunday.
A press release said officers were on their way to conduct a conservation event driving along Jalan Sungai Awat-Awat when they noticed piles of timbers by the roadside.
“Our officers came across five piles of ‘bakau’ poles. We counted exactly 529 logs. They were just by the road near here. We knew immediately that these were illegal logs since there were no licence or permit issued to extract ‘bakau’ poles from Lawas at this time.”
The statement added that were had been “rumours” of illegal logging since a few months ago. “But enforcement teams have not been able to catch the culprits. Although we have seized the 529 logs, we will continue to be on the lookout. We hope to nab the offenders.”
SFC has lodged a police report and the case will be handed over to the Forest Department for further action.