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  • MACC's effort to smash illegal logging activities not only helps preserve the environment of this country, but also contributes positively towards the increasingly serious issue of climate change.

Sin Chew Daily

MACC recently arrested a former state customs department chief to assist in the investigation of illegal logging and mining as well as smuggling activities. Two directors of a private company were also detained.

MACC should be commended for its unrelenting effort in fighting corruption. For so many years, the anti-corruption agency's performance has been anything but encouraging. However, the agency has stepped up its effort in recent months in a bid to shed its poor public image.

It is hoped that MACC will keep up the good work and rebuild the lost public confidence through its actions while helping the country establish a clean and incorrupt society.

Where there is power, there is probability of corruption. It is therefore understandable that MACC indeed has a very heavy duty and mission. MACC needs to have a clear direction and goal, coupled with workable strategies and plans in order to be successful in its corruption-busting operations.

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya revealed lately that the commission would focus more on fighting illegal logging and mining activities at this moment, which indeed is a right direction.

Illegal logging and mining operators have not only plundered the country's natural resources, but have also created irreparable damages to our delicate environment, and could even trigger flash floods, landslides and other calamities. These irresponsible individuals must be sanctioned by the law in order to serve as a stern warning to others.

The situation of illegal logging in this country has reached an alarming stage. And the severity of this issue has been highlighted by recent raids carried out by the enforcement authorities. For instance, the 11th Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment smashed illegal logging and smuggling activities in Sarawak this August, arresting six Indonesian men. Several weeks later, the General Operations Force Miri Battalion 12 raided an illegal sawmill in Long Banyok and seized RM3 million worth of timber and machinery.

Illegal logging activities have not only caused the country to suffer tremendous financial losses, but will also wreak havoc to our environment, affecting the lives of local residents. Major floods in East Coast states in 2014 caused many victims to lose their homes, not to mention huge property losses. Then minister in the prime minister's department cum national security council chairman Shahidan Kassim later said illegal logging and land clearings were the culprits of the disaster.

From a more macroscopic point of view, even if MACC's effort in battling illegal logging activities may not fully wipe out corruption, at least it will help protect our natural environment.

Once our forest resources are destroyed by illegal loggers, what we suffer is not just economic losses but much bigger disasters which could even aggravate the world's climate change.

Climate change has already constituted a major threat to our planet. MACC's effort to smash illegal logging activities not only helps preserve the environment of this country, but also contributes positively towards the increasingly serious issue of climate change.

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