Now and then a logging license can be revoked due to people/voters’ protest-so can this be done on a more comprehensive and consistent basis?
Dr Jerip: Govt revokes licence to extract timber in Krokong-Tringgus area
Posted on June 14, 2011, Tuesday
BAU: The wish of 9,000 people from 15 villages in Krokong – Tringgus area to see that the timber licence issued to a company operating in Ulu Tringgus is cancelled has finally been realised.
A Facebook posting by Bengoh assemblyman Dr Jerip Susil, known to be an active user of the popular social network, that the government had revoked the licence quickly attracted a lot of comments and ‘likes’.
He, among others, wrote: “The Forestry Department has decided to revoke the License T8330. The operators are given three months to remove all their machineries from the site. Congratulations to all the village people in Krokong for all their hardwork.”
When contacted yesterday, Dr Jerip confirmed the news, revealing that the notice of the licence cancellation was made two weeks ago.
He was nonetheless happy there was finally a conclusion after ‘many months of struggling’ by the people to resolve the matter.
Meanwhile, honorary wildlife ranger Lipik Sarau hoped the timber company would follow the procedure and cease operations soon, adding that the company was given three months starting end of this month to remove their machinery.
Asked if the company was still operating there, Lipik who is from one of the affected villages said the workers from the company were still there although their activities had quietened down now.
“It is hoped in the next three months, the company will move out from the site,” he said.
The problems caused by the timber extraction were reported in many newspapers in the state last March after the villagers lodged a protest asking the company to cease its operations.
This was because the activities polluted the river and source of their gravity-based water system, and also affected the ‘tagang’ system funded by a Denmark-based organisation which was supposed to keep the river clean and to increase the population of fish.
The company was also encroaching into the native customary rights (NCR) lands of the villagers.
It was learnt that the company started felling trees and cleared the site since last year.
Dr Jerip, during a meet-the-people session in his constituency on March 6, had said he wrote to the relevant authorities to cancel the licence given to the company due to the anger among the 15 villages over the logging activities there.
On a related development, Dr Jerip on his Facebook also pledged to solve other timber-related problems in his constituency.
He said his next effort will be to solve the problems in Semadang – Skio area and Kampung Giam.