Forest Department Sarawak keeping timber-related operaters compliant with rules and regulations
By Jude Toyat
The Forest Department Sarawak (FDS) enforcement team are on the move to ensure all timber-related operators comply with all rules and regulations set on them.
The team has seized hewn timber of an estimated value of RM25, 000 recently.
The team also sealed a bandsaw at the premise after the owner failed to produce any document to prove the legality of the machines installed. The case is still under investigation by the department.
Apart from Kuching, the team also has seized hewn timber in a mill at Mile 32 Kuching/Serian road. The timber seized worth at about RM10, 000.
One bandsaw also has been sealed in the premise. The owner failed to produce any document to prove legality of the premises. Both cases are now still under investigation by FDS.
The same operation will be carry out in other regions as well to ensure all timber industries operator comply with all rules and regulations.
Interpretation of a sawmill means any factory or any premises where timber is cut or drawn or hewn or converted into small sizes or marketable products and includes any machinery, equipment or plant for the manufacturer of veneers, plywood, moulding, or any other products from timber.
Those who operate a sawmill or has a bandsaw inside their premises will have to obtain a sawmill licence from FDS.
Failure to do so will result in their bandsaw being sealed and their operations halted.
Those who have a valid sawmill licence must ensure that their source of log or timber is from legal source.