Sabah Chief Conservator defends log export ban

Chief Conservator of Forests, Mashor Mohd Jaini, said the State Government’s log export ban should spur the development of the wood-based industry in the State. He said the aim of the State government was to see the production of a wide range of high value wood products to support economic development and the creation employment opportunities.

Mashor said harvesting in the natural forests contributed around 50 per cent of State revenue in past years but this is not the case now as production from the natural forest has fallen sharply.

The Sabah media has reported the Conservator as saying “To ensure the forestry sector remains relevant as one of the main sources of revenue for socio-economic development, the State Government has committed to manage the State’s forest resources in line with the principles of sustainable forest management in accordance with international standards.”

In 2018, Sabah exported 151,553 cu.m of sawntimber worth RM289 million; 491,207 cu.m of plywood worth RM1,048 million and 63,947 cu.m of veneer worth RM105 million.