Sabah govt to probe alleged logging in Pegagau

A lorry laden with logs in the Sungai Pegagau area, Semporna. (Facebook pic)

SEMPORNA: The Sabah government will investigate an allegation of logging in the Sungai Pegagau area.

Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal said any such logging would be illegal because the new state government has not permitted any company to carry out logging or export of logs.

“We will investigate who provided the licence. If there is logging, the concession must have been given by the previous (Barisan Nasional) administration.”

Sabah Umno communications and strategic director Ghazalie Ansing had sought an explanation on the matter after uploading on his Facebook account photos of a lorry and a tugboat laden with logs near the Sungai Pegagau jetty.

The posting has since gone viral.

Shafie said the state government only permitted the Sabah Foundation to manage matters pertaining to logging in the state.

“I have never given any licence to anyone.

“If any, logging concessions are given to the Sabah Foundation because I want the foundation to use the revenue to help our children with their education, not only in the country but also abroad,” he told reporters after attending a Chinese New Year gathering at the residence of businessman “Uncle Chang” today.