//
you're reading...
Borneo, Sarawak

Sarawak aware of obligations and responsibilities to protect forests

THE State Government has declared loudly and clearly that it would never destroy Sarawak’s forests.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang pointed out that the Government is fully aware of its obligations and responsibilities to protect the forests.

“We take our forest management seriously as our focus is on forest sustainability. In addition, we also have a forest replanting programme to ensure the sustainability of our forests,” he is quoted as saying.

During a dialogue with foreign journalists from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Canada, Datuk Patinggi Jabu rightly pointed out that allegations the State is destroying forests to make way for oil palm plantations are baseless.

“Some NGOs pretend to know a lot about us, but they have never visited the State. Although they do not know us, they painted and reported negative things about us,” he said.

The DCM, who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, pointed out that the development of oil palm plantations on Native Customary Rights (NCR) land aims to eradicate poverty in rural areas.

He said the government would continue to develop the oil palm sector, either on a plantation or smallholding basis along with high-yielding rubber trees.

It is so easy to point fingers when sitting in the luxurious comfort of a home or office in an already fully-developed country, which has no real forests left to speak of, and judge the people of a country still on the path of development.

Somehow it is wrong for us in Sarawak to try to bring development to Sarawakians in rural areas.

To give Sarawakians economic opportunities to better their lives and the lives of their progeny.

To give Sarawakians education so that they can transform and develop their communities.

Somehow it is wrong for us Sarawakians to want for our children what they have already enjoyed all their lives and have taken completely for granted.

Those are the major issue I have with the so-called ‘saviours’ of us Sarawakians.

Why is it they always think they know better than us?

Why is it that they always think they are better than us?

I guess the colonial mentality has yet to dissipate for some. So much for being part of the ‘developed’ world.

The Borneo Post’s report:

Our conscience clear

By Jacob Achoi

Jabu: State fully aware of its obligations, responsibilities to protect its forest.

KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang yesterday assured that the state government would never destroy the state’s forests at its whims and fancies.

He said the government was aware of its obligations and responsibilities to protect the forest.

Fielding questions from foreign media during a dialogue at Hilton Hotel here, Jabu said allegations that the government was destroying its forest to make way for oil palm plantations were baseless.

The foreign journalists from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Canada visited oil palm estates in Stenggang, Bau, yesterday morning.

“Some NGOs pretend to know a lot about us (Sarawak), but they have never visited the state. Although they do not know us, they painted and reported negative things about us,” lamented Jabu, who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture.

He hoped that the eight foreign journalists would highlight the truth in their writings.

Among the questions raised by the participants concerned land development involving Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra), oil palm development, NCR land, and the effects of land development on the habitat of Orang Utans.

Among other things, Jabu said that the development of oil palm plantations on NCR land was aimed at eradicating poverty in the rural areas.

He said the government would continue to develop the oil palm sector, either on a plantation or smallholding basis.

In addition, high-yielding rubber trees would also be planted to eradicate poverty.

On the effects of oil palm plantation development in relation to the Orang Utan habitat, Jabu said the government would not destroy forests where Orang Utans were found.

“We take our forest management seriously as our focus is on forest sustainability. In addition, we also have a forest replanting programme to ensure the sustainability of our forests.”

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: