Borneo Taliban declares war to illegal loggers

Datuk Sam Mannan
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Director of Sabah Forestry, Datuk Sam Mannan, showed a cool video to 600 local and foreign participants, during his speech in International Conference on Heart of Borneo (HoB) yesterday.

speech by Datuk Sam Mannan during International Conference on Heart of Borneo (HoB)
Illegal logging is a problem in Sabah. 59% of Sabah is covered by forest, and our trees look like standing gold bars to those greedy illegal loggers. Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) has been confiscating illegal logging dozers. In most cases, SFD will auction off the dozer, so the illegal loggers abuse the auction system by appointing a proxy to buy back the dozer and back to business again.

prepare to burn logging dozer
Penalty is not good enough. Datuk Sam Mannan got a few confiscated dozers at his office, and he decided to do something about it. So he burnt it. Hahaha, I was “pleasantly shocked” watching his video. Hopefully he will post this video on YouTube.

set fire on logging dozer
Conservation is a challenging journey and a never-ending battle. Sometimes we win some, we lose some. Borneo earns a bad reputation on deforestation. We are doing whatever we can to protect our forest. We even plant forest. The process is slow, let’s hope our future generation will reap the fruits of our efforts.

burning logging dozer
He said this is the “Taliban” way of dealing with forest rat. Well, I don’t think he is a terrorist. He just wants to send a strong message (i.e. F*ck You) to those illegal loggers, and show his determination to protect the forest. I fully support you, Datuk Sam.

logging dozer on fire
He acknowledged that his action may have gone too far in a civilized society, but “So What?!”, he added. LOL, I like you man, you really have the gut and attitude. 😀

Director of Sabah Forestry warns the illegal loggers
Now I understand why woman loves bad boy, as our society, company and government are just full of big-mouth chicken men, who think that they are smart for not taking risk. I have seen so many cowards who only move their lips but not their hands. Sometimes, it is not cool being nice, just go kick some assess.

Photos taken in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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  • jipp

    Hmm. It contradicts to what I heard about him but let let’s see how things progress from there. I have long lost faith in SFD judging from the relentless logging activities in Sabah but then I fully understand that the power is not really within their grasp. Sad.

  • Yes, I also heard a lot about him. Sabah cabinet has some big fat forest rats in power. The only thing we can do is to monitor them, or vote them out of the office. However, the newly elected politicians will re-connect the gold pipe to their bodies. Sadly, this is Malaysia…