Hornbill Unleashed

October 8, 2010

Log-jammed river disaster unfolding in Sarawak – Now in Sibu !

By HU Editor

(Updated with Video) This is outrageous and disastrous. Will the state government spend astronomical sums of Sarawakians’ money to clear up the mess or just let the rotting logs flow into the South China Sea? Will the culprits be prosecuted?

The Chief Minister, in charge of issuing logging licences for the last 30 years (and indiscriminate destruction of our forests) should be held responsible.


Related link :- Taib’s massive headache….. He deserves it !



  1. […] and comments on other local blogs such as Planet of the Monyets, DayakBaru and the Hornbill Unleashed point out that the logs are too old, too neatly cut and too numerous indicate that landslides had […]

    Pingback by Malaysia’s million dollar question — where did the logs come from? | Under The Banyan — October 12, 2010 @ 6:47 AM | Reply

  2. Well these people who have done this may think that it will not harm their future business , well think again . A lot of us will force big companies world wide to stop buying products from Malaysia ( just as was done for Indonesia) and we will see what the governments do when their GDP
    drops dramatically and there is no money . We will hit all countries very hard who allow this type of action and make sure the large multinational companies do not trade with them .
    The one thing that Asia and its governments fail to understand is people power , Indonesia has found out to their expense , big companies like Unilever , Carrefour etc no longer trade with Indonesia due to pressure from western populations , Malaysia is next .
    Also there will be investigations and responsibilties will be shown and people named , the only way today is name and shame .

    Comment by PG — October 10, 2010 @ 3:00 PM | Reply


    Readers are all upset by the Sibu log jam.

    This is a major environmental disaster for which the PBB BN Gov’t must take full responsibility.

    They are efficient at cheating the people with sweet promises and thieving from the country but their neglect or lack of control of the timber logging industry has led to this type of disasters.

    The news could be forwarded to environmental NGO websites overseas to highlight what’s happening or even foreign TV news as this is of great interest. It may re-ignite the world attention as there has been over the Plight of the Penans.

    However, it is better if an accurate report could be first compile soon by anyone with the means and knowledge to do it.. about how is began etc…

    Comment by Abang — October 10, 2010 @ 2:54 PM | Reply

  4. James Masing told the whole world that the Penans are great story-tellers.
    Now Wong Soon Koh & himself have a lot of story-telling to do too ?
    It might start with…Once upon a time in Balleh….
    This is the “politics of development” showcased to the whole world….
    Great is the glory of God for exposing man’s sins !!
    To the corrupt leaders and exploiters – your days are numbered. Judgement awaits you !

    Comment by Richard — October 10, 2010 @ 1:16 PM | Reply

  5. District officer, Officer in charge of police district, Dept of Forestry, Dept of Environment, Chief Minister (Directors of the logging companies), TYT?

    Comment by Abdul Rani Bin Kamarudin — October 10, 2010 @ 12:15 PM | Reply

  6. People of the Rajang!

    Don’t wait for others and certainly not your corrupt government and useless politicians to do anything for you or anything with sense!

    Take action yourselves!

    Film and photograph the disaster that this is and flood the internet with it!

    Look up the environmental websites and inform all the environmentalists you can find about how this is strangling our lifeblood, the Rajang River.

    This is not only going to be the only one – this is the going to be the start of a lot more disasters as the river dies!

    All along the Rajang will be affected! This will kill off all the settlements along the river.

    Sibu people are clever, especially its big pool of educated.

    You have made history by voting out the corrupt BN, you have even spite the PM.

    You can seize your destiny in your own hands – and you must!

    Get going with your work to guarantee that the disaster this is will never happen again.


    Take strong action – not just for this disaster but all to ensure you will not be treated like rot by not just the state government but by the federal government!

    Go! Sibu, Go!

    Comment by Ali Cohen — October 10, 2010 @ 5:18 AM | Reply

  7. the culprits know exactly WHO they are, and will just treat this as a tiny weeny blip on their money radar. i can almost hear their haughty laughter. i hope taib’s favourite beaches along the sarawak coast will not see any of the driftwood. oh, his folks and kin may find the driftwood useful firewood and playthings for the Debak games.

    Comment by lake ipui — October 9, 2010 @ 11:24 PM | Reply

  8. Apa khabar Taib Mahmud?? Kah.. kah.. kah…

    Comment by Anak Sungai Derhaka — October 9, 2010 @ 6:30 PM | Reply

  9. […] Log-jammed river disaster unfolding in Sarawak – Now in Sibu ! […]

    Pingback by Taib’s massive headache….. He deserves it ! « Hornbill Unleashed — October 9, 2010 @ 8:28 AM | Reply

  10. O my God! What a revealation of what is to come…A divine warning to Taib, that your time is up! You and your cronies will be just like these deadwoods, uprooted from powers floating down to hell where you rightly destined to be!

    Comment by Sarawak's Son — October 9, 2010 @ 12:43 AM | Reply

  11. Rainforest Power to rally behind People Power to defeat Barisan led by Taib Mahmud.

    Comment by Vincent Goh — October 8, 2010 @ 8:49 PM | Reply

  12. A clear signal from God to get rid of BN Sarawak and Taib mahmud.

    Comment by Wait No More — October 8, 2010 @ 8:46 PM | Reply

  13. An earthquake is unfolding due to the environmental destruction inflicted by the construction of Bakun and Murun dams.

    Comment by Timothy — October 8, 2010 @ 8:43 PM | Reply

  14. This is from Bakun Dam! No logging companies will truck tree branches and not usable logs pieces to the river side log ponds. Also, these debris are not fresh. Looks like a few years old from the photos. Not from landslides also as landslides will only cause the river to be murky and a little bit of these debris. A few months back, Bakun Dam wanted to burn these debris but there was an uproar over this. With the recent annoucement that they are going to impound the dam, it is opportune time to clear these debris leftover from logging and site clearing to the Rejang River with the current heavy rains……

    Comment by Tom Rock — October 8, 2010 @ 7:38 PM | Reply

  15. Whatever happened? Did Samling mogok or what now? Merajuk? Or Taib just wanna have some fun? If nobody owns them, let’s make some money – collect them and sell them somewhere!

    Or make longhouses for the Penans? Or rebuild houses for Bintawa fire victims?

    What will the Sarawak State Secretary do now?

    Comment by Wayang Street — October 8, 2010 @ 6:07 PM | Reply

  16. Can someone please highlight this for the attention of environmental groups worldwide?

    Comment by Ling — October 8, 2010 @ 5:16 PM | Reply

  17. Will the culprits be prosecuted?

    Doubt it. No reflection on your government..

    There are far too many disasters happening around the world today, its sheer carelessness and always the innocent suffers.

    Oil spills:
    River Pollution:
    Forest polution:
    Mud slurrys like in Hungary…red mud slurries covering everything in horrible red mud…ugh..!


    All these people get, (anyone who commits damage) where ever in the world is, a slapped wrist..naughty people. They should be made to rectify their wrong doings by action and funding (fined heavily, licence to enter the waters/forests of Sarawak evoked for ever). I do not hold with words of apology…too easy.

    It should be done, and be seen to be done.

    Comment by Kate — October 8, 2010 @ 5:13 PM | Reply

  18. Did Taib and his timber gangs of marauders foresee,the ecological impact caused by their money making greed,to the environment?
    Well,paying up time for you but alas its our money you will milk,while his is stashed away overseas. How long do he thinks,the peoples will bear up with him?Will he still deny,and find a scapegoat to cover his scandalous acts or to blame God for this disaster,which his own hands has created?
    Time will tell,and the people is watching what actions he will take.

    Comment by papayuk — October 8, 2010 @ 4:58 PM | Reply

  19. as said..50cal will do the the job…. any taker? guess many ppl out there will to sacrifices!

    Comment by headhunter 2 — October 8, 2010 @ 4:14 PM | Reply

    • willing..

      Comment by headhunter 2 — October 8, 2010 @ 4:14 PM | Reply

  20. Really terrible ! All the valuable logs damaged like that!? and the river pollution ?

    Comment by jasmine sarawak — October 8, 2010 @ 3:17 PM | Reply

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