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Sabah Forestry Dept denies report of illegal logging at Balong Kokos in Tawau

15th June, 2016

TAWAU: The Sabah Forestry Department has denied any illegal logging activities in the jungle areas near Balong Kokos here.

A press statement issued on the department’s official website confirmed that logging that was reported was in titled land areas and not Forest Reserve, Protected areas or Sabah Park areas.

It stated that development at a 70-hectare site of the 946-hectare private land had started, including cutting down of trees.

The statement was commenting on an article spread on Facebook recently claiming there was illegal logging in the area of Balong Kokos and clarified that logging activities on private land was subject to tax which had already been paid.

The logs were produced are legally permissible.

The department said accusation that the wood produced was from illegal logging was untrue, unfounded and malicious. – Bernama

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