1,100 logs seized in illegal logging ops in Lawas

22 Feb 2018


An operation dubbed as ‘Ops Libas’ conducted by the General Operations Force (GOF) Battalion 12 led to the biggest seizure of the year, netting about RM2.5 million worth of logs suspected to be illegally extracted in Lawas district.

The team seized 1,100 logs believed to have been extracted from the forests between Beriwan and Ba Kelalan, three bulldozers, one excavator and three Nissan haulier lorries at the scene yesterday at about 10.10pm.

Commanding officer of GOF Battalion 12, Supt Tan Hiap Seng who confirmed the seizure, said a 45 year-old Chinese suspect was also detained to facilitate investigation.

Tan said he personally went to the scene which was accessible only by four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles, about 45 minutes from Lawas Town.

Tan said the suspected illegal logging activity was ‘sniffed out’ by the intelligence gathering officers from the Miri-based battalion and Limbang-based Company C led by ASP Azhar Mohammad.

Piles of logs in three different locations and the heavy machinery were detected in the area before the enforcement officers swooped down on the scene.

“A Chinese man who identified himself as a surveyor could not produce any relevant documents related to permitted logging and was subsequently detained to facilitate investigation, “ he said.

The seized logs and keys of the heavy machinery were later handed over to the Forest Department for further action to be taken, he added.

In noting that the seizure is the biggest this year, Tan said his men will not compromise but continue to mount similar operations against illegal logging.

He said the GOF Battalion 12 will continuously carry out intelligence gathering prior to carrying out Ops Libas operations to stamp out illegal logging activities in the areas of operation.