Sarawaks steps up war against illegal loggers
By JACK WONG
KUCHING: Sarawak has beefed up its enforcement efforts against illegal loggers, said newly appointed state Forest Department director Datuk Len Talif Salleh.
He said this was done by consolidating the resources of Sarawak Forestry Corporation and Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC).
Illegal logging is still a concern. Were trying to miminise it, he told reporters after opening a seminar on STIDC Industry Updates at Wisma Sumber Alam here on Thursday.
Sarawak police have said that local criminal gangs were involved in illegal logging activities.
Len Talif, who declined to say where most unlawful log extractions have taken place, said the state authorities had set specific targets to reduce illegal logging.
He said a special 24-hour toll-free hotline would be set up soon to enable the public to report illegal logging activities, the hunting of protected wildlife and other timber-related offences to the authorities.
With the people as our ears and eyes, we will be able to act promptly, he said.