Sarawak Forestry Corporation in a joint operation with marine police and Tatau district police uncovered the illegal logging in Tatau. Pic courtesy of the Sarawak Forestry Corporation.

BINTULU: The wet spell that wreaked havoc in the northern part of the state recently did nothing to stop timber thieves from making dirty money.

This was uncovered by the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) in a joint operation with marine police and Tatau district police on Tuesday.

A total of 4,232 logs of various sizes and types, believed to be worth millions of ringgit, were seized during the raid on a forest conservation site in Sungai Mina, Kakus, Tatau near here.

The corporation, in a statement, said the illegal logging activity was detected by the SFC field patrol team recently.

“The road leading to the site was submerged by floods preventing the raiding party to proceed using our vehicles.

“Members of the raiding party had to swim across the floodwater and walked for several kilometres before arriving at the scene.

“The team later came upon stacks of logs believed to be illegally extracted from the conservation forest,” a SFC spokesman said.

The spokesman declined to reveal the value of the seized logs. No arrest was made.

The New Straits Times, however, learnt that the logs seized during the operation could worth more than a million ringgit.

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