Hornbill Unleashed

October 25, 2012

The gov’t has rejected us, say Murum natives

Ahmad Fadli KC

It is a four-hour journey by 4WD from Sarawak’s gas and timber capital of Bintulu if one wants to head for the tropical rainforest of Murum in the interior of the Kapit division.

To spur development in Murum, the Sarawak government has approved logging licences, permitted palm oil plantations and is also building the Murum hydroelectric dam at a cost of RM3 billion.

The locality holds eight longhouse communities, accommodating some 1,400 Penan natives. (more…)

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October 27, 2011

Taib and gang cannot dismiss EU logging rules

Joseph Tawie

Sarawak can no longer ignore EU regulations governing import of timber because it will eventually affect ‘finished products’ originating from Sarawak.

Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s administration cannot continue to dismiss European Union Timber and Trade regulations because it would inevitably affect ‘finished products whose origins are traced back to Sarawak.”

Opposition assemblymen concerned over the State Government’s stubborn refusal to comply with the regulations are expected to raise the logging issues during the State Legislative Assembly sitting next month.

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said the recent decision by the Netherlands’ Independent Appeals Board  was not merely linked to raw logs but also ‘finished products such as furniture which could be traced  to Sarawak.” (more…)

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