Friday 13, 2011

KUCHING: Serian police are investigating reports over last Sunday’s incident where angry villagers in Tebedu allegedly burnt a logging firm’s machinery and camps.

Serian police chief DSP Mohd Jemali Umi said there were two reports lodged in Serian on the same day.He said they had yet to complete their investigations, and for now he was unable to come to a conclusion.“It is not fair and right to make any conclusion at this point because the investigation is still on,” he said yesterday.

Eleven machines and five camps were allegedly torched by residents of 10 villages in Tebedu, about 155km from here, in protest of logging activities.The villagers claimed the loggers had encroached onto their land and the logging activities had damaged their crops.About two weeks earlier, the protesters allegedly damaged a wooden bridge to stop logging trucks from entering the area.

About 600 people were allegedly involved in the action against the company’s properties.A source from one of the villages said the villagers had taken the law into their own hands as the authorities had failed to safeguard their interests.

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