SANDAKAN: The Sabah Forestry Department (JPS) has denied a report alleging that illegal logging has been happening in Kg Kaiduan, a village located near the proposed Papar Dam site.
In a statement signed by Chief Conservator of Forests Datuk Mashor Mohd Jaini (pic) on Friday (July 19) , JPS described the claims as baseless and untrue.
It said that a check of the site found that illegal logging did not happen at the Kawang Forest Reserve, contrary to a complaint published in a local daily on July 13.
According to the department, the place is located at a far distance from the forest reserve, and approval has already been given to harvest timber at the area for the purpose of land clearance.
JPS said the complaint could be ill-intentioned and added that it could tarnish the name of the Sabah government.
"Accusations of illegal logging in this area has surfaced repeatedly before this, and (such allegations) have gone viral on social media even though the issue has already been clarified.
"This time, the complainant raised the same issue and associated it with the proposed Papar Dam site without giving the right facts," said JPS.
"JPS wants to clarify that our department cannot prevent any individuals or companies that want to carry out development on land they own for their own intentions," it said.