Those who destroy environment will be dealt with severely

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KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem last night reiterated his warning to those responsible for destroying the state’s environment and bio-diversity through illegal logging activities.

“We will come down heavy on those who want to desecrate our environment and our bio-diversity which we should leave intact for our future generation,”

He was speaking at a dinner feted for state ministers and exco members responsible for the environment at the Santubong Puri Resort in Santubong, about 30 kilometers from here.

The ministers and exco members are in the state capital for a meeting with the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

Adenan said the people should learn to look at forest resources the way naturalists would do instead of just wanting to exploit their commercial value.

“Unabated illegal logging or land usage activities can destroy the environment.

“What had happened in the Cameron Highlands in Pahang should serve as a lesson for us all. The illegal clearings there had resulted in landslides, serious flooding and for the highland temperature to go up,” he added.

Adenan said he was glad to note that illegal logging activities in the state had reduced significantly.

The state government, he said, would no longer issue new timber licences or commercial oil palm plantations licences, and in return would create more natural parks.

On the Heart of Borneo natural forest and bio-diversity conservation programme, he said he would not renew the licences of timber companies close to the area.

“We will continue to co-operate with Sabah, Brunei and Kalimantan to preserve its purity,” he said.

– BERNAMA