15 arrested for encroachment and illegal logging at Sedilu National Park

Zolkipli (seated centre) questioning the suspects.

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KUCHING, Feb 2: The good partnerships formed between Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) and other enforcement agencies such as 10th Battalion General Operations Force (GOF) and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has led to a successful raid against 15 illegal loggers at Sedilu National Park.

SFC in a statement revealed those nabbed were aged from 17 to 63-years-old and that several items were seized.

“The operation was carried out on 30th January 2020 and the 15 local perpetrators of the alleged illegal logging operation were caught red-handed with 88 logs of different sizes and species, three shotguns, ‘parang’, chainsaws and boats and engines.”

Meanwhile, the statement also qupted SFC’s controller of national parks and nature reserves Zolkipli Mohamad Aton as saying, “We will not tolerate any illegal activities, including illegal logging and wildlife trade and will ensure that the offenders will be brought to justice.”

He disclosed that a police report was lodged at Simunjan Police Station and that all suspects were remanded pending further investigation by the authorities.

Members of the public may lodge a report with the corporation if they have information about anyone keeping or selling totally and protected animals, or about individuals conducting similar illegal activities via SFC’s hotlines at 016-8565564/019-8859996 (Kuching), 019-8883561 (Sibu), 019-8223449/019-8332737 (Bintulu) and 019-8290994/018-9799778 (Miri). — DayakDaily