THE Sabah government’s sustainable forest management (SFM) programme, which saw large tracts of forest land being allocated to 16 companies, is a disappointment, Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said.
He said only one of the 16 SFM licensees was performing well after the scheme was launched by former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee seven years ago.
Musa said four other firms showed limited progress while the government had cancelled the licence of one dormant company and was on the verge of revoking those of two others for failing to show any progress.
“One more company has been given a show-cause letter while seven other licensees have less than satisfactory results,” he said in winding up the debate on the motion of thanks to the Yang di-Pertua Negri.
He said the programme had not been successful because the licensees selected might not have been thoroughly screened in terms of their capacity, commitment and sincerity.
The 16 companies had been given 60-year leases on forestland totalling 2.7 million hectares.