Sabah Forest Department: No illegal logging at Kg Kaiduan near proposed Papar Dam site

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SANDAKAN: The Sabah Forestry Department (JPS) has denied a report alleging illegal logging took place in Kg Kaiduan, a village near the proposed Papar Dam site.

In a statement signed by Chief Forestry Officer Datuk Mashor Mohd Jaini (Photo) Friday (July 19), JPS called the claims baseless and false.

He said a site check found that illegal logging did not take place in Kawang Forest Reserve, contrary to a complaint published in a local daily on July 13.

According to the department, the place is located at a great distance from the forest reserve and permission has already been given to harvest timber on site for clearing.

JPS said the complaint could be malicious and added that it could tarnish the name of Sabah’s government.

“Charges of illegal logging in this area have surfaced several times before this, and (such allegations) have gone viral on social media even though the issue has already been clarified.

“This time the complainant raised the same issue and associated it with the proposed Papar Dam site without giving the exact facts,” JPS said.

“JPS would like to point out that our department cannot prevent any individual or company that wishes to carry out developments on land it owns for its own intentions,” he said.


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