RM3 million worth of illegal logs seized in Long Banyok, Baram

GOF Miri raided and seized over 14,000 illegal timber logs from the sawmill.

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Aug 30:The Miri General Operations Force (GOF) seized 14,008 illegal timber logs worth RM3 million in Long Banyok, Baram during ‘Ops Libas’ carried out on Thursday.

GOF Miri commanding officer Supt Tan Hiap Seng said it was the biggest seizure made by GOF Miri so far this year.

Supt Tan (seated third right) showing some of the photos of the operation during a press conference.

He revealed in a press conference today (Aug 30) that the GOF team raided a sawmill suspected of operating illegally without legitimate permit for one year.

A local Kenyah man, aged 22, has been detained to assist police in probe into the case.

“When carrying out a further check on the sawmill, the suspect had failed to produce valid documentation on the sawmill production,” he said.

The authority also confiscated the machinery from the suspected illegal sawmill.

“Preliminary investigation found that the sawmill produced and delivered their productions to nearby areas such as Long Lama and Lapok,” he added.

During the operation, the authority seized two chainsaws, an air compressor, two generator sets, two excavators, sharpening machines, and several bandsaws.

The case is being investigated under the Sarawak Forest Ordinance 2015.— DayakDaily