Hornbill Unleashed

October 3, 2014

Sarawak CM urged to act against illegal logging, crony deals

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An environmental group has called on Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem “to walk the talk” and show his resolve on his recent promises to fight illegal logging in the state.

The Penang-based Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) wants Adenan to revoke the logging licences of a company it alleged had been felling the protected Tapang tree (Koompassia excelsa) in Sungai Pelutan in middle Baram.

The Tapang, a rare species and an important nesting tree for honey bees, is protected under the Second Schedule of the Sarawak Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998 and the penalty for felling the tree is a maximum one year imprisonment, or a fine of RM10,000 or both.

SAM said the revocation of the licences would “set an example against other potential offenders that he (Adenan) meant business and the law is not to be trivialised”.

Its president S M Mohamed Idris (pic) said its field staff recently “stumbled” upon a huge pile of the seized Tapangs at a logpond in Sg Pelutan.

While applauding the Sarawak Forestry Department’s quick action in seizing the logs, Mohamed doubted that any individual nor the company allegedly involved in the illegal felling, would be brought to justice as he said “conviction against violation of logging rules is rare in Sarawak”.

This was the reason he turned to what Adenan had said on September 24 in Kuching – when announcing that the state would arm 50 senior enforcement officers to fight illegal logging – to get all those responsible for the Tapang felling to justice.

Adenan reportedly said he was arming the officers as he “had enough of illegal logging devastating the state’s forests and its diverse wildlife”.

“He said he expects to see results in the next six months and promises to do something more drastic if the situation does not improve.

“We, therefore, earnestly urge Tan Sri Adenan to show his leadership in tackling the scourge of illegal logging that has been plaguing Sarawak for decades and that he himself has outrightly condemned, starting with this particular case.”

Mohamed Idris also called on the Forestry Department to publicise the actions that have been taken thus far on this case.

“If found guilty, the public must know whether the parties involved have indeed been awarded the licence to log the area concerned, or if they also happen to be holding permits in other areas.

“If this is the case, we call upon Adenan to revoke all their logging licences.”

Meanwhile, DAP today also called on Adenan to “walk the talk”, not onnly over logging but also on corruption and cronyism.

State DAP chief, Chong Chieng Jen , had two weeks ago questioned the state government over issues surrounding the 108.116 ha of prime land at MJC in Batu Kawa, just outside Kuching.

He handed out photocopies of the purported agreement between the state government and a company he alleged to be a “BN crony company”.

Chong, however, acknowledged that the agreement was not signed by Adenan.

“Given Adenan’s stand and disapproval of cronyism, this is his first test.

“We urge him to cancel the agreement,” Chong said.

The agreement, purportedly signed by the State Secretary Tan Sri Morshidi Abdul Ghani, involves no monetary transactions, claimed Chong.

In the purported agreement, he said the company was alienated the land in exchange for it building two orphanages – in Lawas and Mukah – for the state and a building in Kuching for the Sarawak Badan Amal Tenaga Isteri-Isteri, the wives of ministers and assistant ministers’ welfare body or better known by its acronym Sabati.

The Sabati building was to be named Bangunan Laila Taib – to commemorate the first wife of the Yang DiPertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud who died in 2009.

Chong, a lawyer, said that since the agreement was “totally lopsided” and contains “a lot of uncertainties”, Adenan could nullify the agreement.


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    Comment by rock walls — March 20, 2018 @ 12:45 PM | Reply

  2. Seriously how to ask our politicians stand against the timber cronies and illegal logging when when these cronies and illegal loggers are the money bags during electiond. One ex politician in Kuching has admitted that they use the services of these kind of people to intimidate and influence voters to vote for bn. Bn politicians who has come and go have been saying that they will act against illegsl logging for the last many many years but nothing has really been done on the ground and in the forest. Politicians are politicians, they say and promise anything and everthing to the people but do nothing after that!

    Comment by brian — October 6, 2014 @ 7:44 PM | Reply

  3. Lu tolong gua, gua tolong lu is a culture propagated by many chinese businessmen as part of the ali baba culture in malaysia. Its the lazy way of getting things done quickly without going thru the proper chanel and procedure. Who lose in the end in most cases is the person they deal with who allowed himself to be corrupted. The businessmen earn millions but the person who facilitate corruption earns a paltry sum probably enough for him to buy a draw at the 4digit outlet! Lu tolong gua, gua tolong lu. Lu makan sikit, gua sapu habis…

    Comment by brian — October 5, 2014 @ 1:00 PM | Reply

  4. I have no cronies. I have only supporters.

    Lu tolong gua, gua tolong lu. Lu sokong gua, gua give you logging rights.

    This is how we, the politicians, play politics in Sarawak.

    I supported Pekmo. Today I’m the Chief Minister, even no one had voted for me. Faham??

    Comment by Adenan — October 3, 2014 @ 4:11 PM | Reply

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