SIBU, 31 OCTOBER 2017 – Acting in response to information received from a concerned netizen followed by confirmation from a police source, a joint enforcement team comprising officers from the Sibu Regional Office of Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) and the Kanowit Police Station raided a location at Nanga Dap, Kanowit and detained a total of 442 logs as well as 5 suspects and 2 longboats last Sunday.
“The joint SFC-Police team had, during the late afternoon of 29 October 2017, first came upon 401 unattended logs that had been rafted and ‘anchored’ off the bank at Nanga Dap, apparently ready to be towed to another destination. Subsequently after a wait of 5 hours, 5 suspects in 2 longboats were nabbed trying to remove a further 41 rafted logs from the vicinity of the raid. The suspects were unable to produce any document to prove legal ownership of the logs. Additionally, the logs did not bear any official markings and were therefore believed to have been illegally extracted, says a statement issued by SFC today.
Police reports on the operation had been lodged at the Kanowit Police Station and the case has been handed over to the relevant authority for further investigation.