BA'KELALAN BORDER ENFORCEMENT
Y.B. Encik Baru Bian asked the Chief Minister:
(a) What steps are being taken to stop the smuggling of cars and drugs across the border at Ba’Kelalan?
(b) Are there any plans to post new enforcement officers to the area to replace the current ineffective officers?
Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar dan Menteri Pemodenan Pertanian (Y.B. Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang): Tuan Speaker, for the information of the Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’Kelalan, based on current statistic received from PDRM, Polis Diraja Malaysia Lawas, for period between January 2014 to Oktober 2014, there is no report of smuggling of vehicles as alleged by Ahli Yang Berhormat. However, PDRM Lawas managed to retrieve 5 stolen vehicles which were reported missing in Sabah and abundant at the roadside in Lawas. The Police managed to confiscated all these vehicles and returned them to their counterpart in Sabah. As preventive measures, PDRM Lawas and Royal Custom Department will intensify the join operation and patrol to address this issue. Collection of crime intelligent pertaining to smuggling activities will also be enhanced to assist in the detection and investigation. Perhaps, in future the Royal Custom Department may station their officers there on regular basis as part of their Anti Smuggling Campaign.
With regards to the second questions that is raised by Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’Kelalan, at the moment there is no necessity to post new enforcement to the area. However, the State Government is willing to review the current deployment if the situation warrants it, the Government is monitoring whether there is incidence or increase incidence whichever the case may be, so that the Government can take necessary action.
Y.B. Encik Baru Bian: (Additional Question). Thank you the Honourable Minister. I have two additional question. It’s the statistic that have been informed and told that have not been very impressive but the actual facts in the ground has been really serious. My first question, additional question is, has there been any prosecution so far on this smuggling of cars and drugs on our side, at the Sarawak side. I know Indonesia, few had been arrested and prosecuted in Indonesia but on our side has there been any prosecution related to this smuggling of cars and drugs?
Second question, I believe Tuan Speaker, that one of the ways of how to resolve this is the completion of the Custom and Immigration post, I know it had been approved. My question is when would that be completed? Thank you.
Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar dan Menteri Pemodenan Pertanian (Y.B. Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang): Thank you very much Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’kelalan. The police must have reports from public or from person regarding any case of smuggling and so far base on the report, as I have said there has been no report of smuggling of vehicles but if Ahli Yang Berhormat knew of cases, please let the authority knows and we from the Government give full cooperation to ensure that the culprit will not go scot-free. And as I have said, the department may station the officers there on regular basis as part of their anti smuggling campaign and the State Government will be monitoring the situation because as we develop rural areas there are more traffic going over to the rural areas. If there is such needs my Ministry in charge of rural development, we do not want to see our rural people to be affected and then I will be supporting such more, to get all the necessary facilities in this areas to curb up smuggling or any other forms of vice including drugs.
14 NOVEMBER 2014
PAYEH MAGA GAZETTED AS A NATIONAL PARK (174)
Y.B. Encik Baru Bian to ask the Minister for Resource Planning and Environment:
(a)The Lawas DO recently mentioned the possibility of Payeh Maga being gazetted as a National Park.
(b) Is there a plan to do so?
(c) What surveys and studies are being conducted there now? Are the locals being consulted?
Y.B. Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh Menteri Muda di Pejabat Ketua Menteri (Promosi Pendidikan Teknikal) Menteri Muda Alam Sekitar: Terima kasih, Tuan Speaker dan terima kasih, Ahli Yang Berhormat bagi Ba’kalalan. Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat bagi Ba’kalalan, Kerajaan memang sudah bercadang untuk mewartakan 29 lagi kawasan yang mempunyai ciri-ciri keunikan sendiri seperti dataran Payeh Maga sebagai kawasan terlindung sepenuhnya. Walau bagaimanapun proses pewartaan ini mengambil masa yang agak lama bagi mematuhi segala proses perundangan dan prosedur yang telah ditetapkan.
Bagi soalan (b) dan (c), Kerajaan melalui Jabatan Hutan Sarawak telah bekerjasama dengan pelbagai agensi Kerajaan yang lain, institusi pengajian tinggi tempatan dan antarabangsa dan NGO-NGO telah melaksanakan satu ekspedisi saintifik pada tahun 2010 selama 14 hari bagi mengumpul maklumat-maklumat biodiversiti di kawasan Payeh Maga ini.
Menteri Muda di Pejabat Ketua Menteri (Promosi Pendidikan Teknikal) dan Menteri Muda Alam Sekitar (Y.B. Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh): Penemuan dari ekspedisi ini nanti telah didokumentasikan dalam sebuah buku bertajuk “Heart of Borneo Series: Paya Maga Sarawak’s Pristine Highland Forest” tahun 2013. Jadi ekoran daripada itu, kajian lanjut mengenai paya flora dan fauna melibatkan Jabatan Hutan Sarawak dan Universiti Putra Malaysia Kampus Bintulu sedang dijalankan di kawasan ini. Semua penemuan ini akan dikaji dan diteliti dalam pertimbangan untuk mewartakan kawasan Paya Maga ini sebagai taman negara. Oleh itu, proses consultancy dengan penduduk-penduduk tempatan secara formal belum diperlukan buat masa ini. Terima kasih.
Y.B. Encik Baru Bian: I have further question, Tuan Speaker. May I state here that I really support the intention of the Government to declare this area as a national park. In the event it is to be gazetted, Yang Berhormat Minister, where would be the accesibility to the place be from and whether there would be a proper road to be constructed to this place? Thank you.
Menteri Muda di Pejabat Ketua Menteri (Promosi Pendidikan Teknikal) dan Menteri Muda Alam Sekitar (Y.B. Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh): Terima kasih Tuan Speaker, terima kasih Yang Berhormat bagi Ba’Kelalan. Detail access road will be decided later and normally we would not allowed road to be constructed through the national park or any forest reserved and not wildlife sanctuary or permanent forest state. Jadi dari segi detailnya kita akan bincangkan dengan pihak-pihak tertentu terutama sekali pihak Lun Bawang dari Kampung Tuyo yang berjumlah 200 orang di persekitaran kawasan tersebut, so at this moment of time we would not be able to determine the access road to the proposed national park. Terima kasih.
~ Unedited Hansard [http://www.dun.sarawak.gov.my]