KINABALU: Former Chief Minster Datuk Yong Teck Lee refuted claims that
Sabah's dwindling timber supply is due to implementing Sustainable Forest
Management (SFM) through the Forest Management Units (FMUs).
the move, he said the government implemented the SFM in 1997 for fear that
over-logging could exhaust the State's timber resources.
it depends on the government on the next course of action, but rest be
assured that the SFM was implemented with a simple reason that Sabah had
over-logged its timber resources.
today you may have noticed that we are not producing much timber anymore,
and under the SFM, it is compulsory for all licensed loggers to do
replanting of trees to replace the ones that had been cut down," he
who is Gaya MP and Likas Assemblyman, stressed that the State could
totally lose income from its timber resources without the introduction of
is better to get low income right now than having to experience none at
all in the future," he said. "Otherwise, the logging activities
might spill over into the forest reserves, including intrusions by illegal
was asked to respond to a remark by Finance Minister Datuk Musa Hj Aman
who blamed the SFM/FMU for the decline in local timber supply.
another question, Yong said Malaysia had generally been considered as a
country adapting transparency in its administration.
described the call by the Malaysian Human Right Commission (Suhakam) on
the government to be more transparent as "a normal phenomenon in many
(call) would not mean Malaysia is not transparent in its administration,