Jun 28, 2012
Saw this lorry with freshly harvested logs parked near the farm. Shocked, I found out that they are harvesting the trees at the back of the farm next to the forest reserve.
This is the area they are logging. I have wandered there since 1991 and I know practically every tree there. Some are easily 150 years old.
Another view of the area being logged. Up till today I cannot understand the economics of logging and how it benefits the people. Through our Government which represents our desires and wishes, we will get a royalty payment, I think for each tree. How much are we getting? RM5000 per tree? RM10,000 per tree? It is a one-off thing. After that, what? Wait another 150 years for the forest to recover and grow trees like that?
The loggers moved fast. Within a week, they have marred the hillside. No notification given to neighbours, no consultation, no EIA reports.
Me, inside the jungle, with my friends, the trees. Farewell my friends. There's nothing I can do since 30 million Malaysians want you guys to be chopped down.