KUCHING (NST) – The state government is in the midst of equipping enforcement officers from the forestry department with weapons in an effort to end illegal land clearing activities.
Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the move would help to instill confidence among forestry enforcement officers in executing their duties while guarding the forest from encroachers.
The department, Adenan said, would armed its enforcement officers in phases with 50 of them to be supplied with guns in the initial stage.
“The move will help the enforcement officers to be more confident (when performing their duties). Sometimes they go to the scene empty handed and the other side might be armed. And of course, the officers must adhere with standard procedures (when using their weapons). They will be properly trained,” he told reporters after launching a two-day long integrity seminar for enforcement officers within the government department at the Borneo Convention Centre yesterday.
Also present at the seminar, which was attended by 500 participants, was Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.