2009年8月7日星期五

另一个盗採珊瑚礁事件

上天对沙巴是很特别眷顾的,恩赐给沙巴人民的,是那么辽阔的疆土,丰沛的矿物资源,丰沛森林和海洋资源,多元生植物物种生态。奇特的地理和物种结合,造就了多个世界级独一无二的景点。

无价且宝贵的珊瑚礁,是无可比拟的海洋生态的保姆。任何一个脑筋正常的从政者,政府和执法者,大概都知道它的重要和珍贵性,不可能也不应该纵容盗採这样天大的罪过。难道这些人10来年间不知道这样的事情在发生?执法的不是应该在实地走动?还是坐在冷气房,等看不过眼的人民来投报?投报后怎样?

续江汉明先生揭发沙巴斗湖远海盗採珊瑚礁的事件,我们看见部长,执法单位类似包庇的言论。不禁要问:这些人是不在乎?失责?还是平庸得近乎无知?这些人是不知不觉?还是后知后觉?又或是意而不觉,觉而不醒?

同一家大量供应碳酸钙,石灰粉给本地市场的公司这回,这回在仙本纳的加伦邦沿岸又涉嫌盗採珊瑚礁。当然,在事情曝光后,业者已经改用陆地开采的石灰岩取代。大家看看江汉明先生提供的实地拍摄到的一些照片,大家不妨自己判断。




从这一切的怀疑中,人民只想知道真相!是不是有人光天化日掠夺?是不是有人工作不称职?是不是有人失责?是不是有人辜负了人民的委托和期待?是不是有人意图包庇?有没有贪污舞弊滥权的成分?这个责任追不追究?

或许这回,也就像批准在原始森林保留地的缓冲区伐木,有关机关言辞犀利的纠正批评的人们,“那是可以被现有法令所接受的!”当他词穷时,权威代表或有关的执法单位也许会出来高分贝的告诉你 "採集一些是完全可以被接受的啦, 不就是烂石头呗?!"

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附录:江汉明揭发另一个在仙本纳海岸盗採珊瑚礁的活动

Datuk Kong Hong Ming today disclosed another allegedly illegal limestone or land coral mining operation at Semporna following his recent exposure of illegal sea coral mining operation at Kalumpang off shore Semporna, which Kong claimed million of tones of seal coral were destroyed and mined over a period of more than 10 years without being detected by the relevant enforcement agencies thereby causing irreversible and irreparable damage and loss to the State and its people.

“I have new evidence showing that since sometime at the end of this July, the same operator of the illegal sea coral reef mining operation off shore Semporna or its related company has started another mining operation at Segarang Smallholders Scheme nearby a catchment reserve and oil palm plantation in Semporna quarrying limestone or land coral and generally known as calcium carbonate since the end of July this year.

“Obviously, due to the recent exposure of the illegal mining of sea coral reef at Kalumpang off shore Semporna, the operator has halted mining of sea coral reef and has now shifted their base to land mining calcium carbonate as a raw material for their commercial products described as activated lime, biolime, calcium carbonate 9002 and other product names.

“As a concerned citizen without any investigative authority, I call upon the relevant Ministry and its enforcement agencies to carry out an immediate and comprehensive investigation urgently whether such mining operation is properly licenced or licenced at all. It is of public interest for the relevant authorizes to disclose whether or not any environmental impact assessment had been conducted before commencing the mining operation for calcium carbonate.

“As I see it, it is an open and clear challenge to the obviously incompetent and ineffective leadership and enforcement agencies in their ability to protect the gifted heritage and resources of the State and its people. Since they are incompetent and ineffective, it is perhaps worthwhile the risk for some to venture into and be enriched from illegal activities, such as mining of coral and timber logging” Kong claimed.

“Having been alerted with such illegal activity supported with abundantly clear evidence, the relevant Ministry failed to grasp the root of the problem to have a thorough investigation, but instead, chose to sweep the matter under the carpet relying on questionable and flaw report. In so doing, the State Government has further caused more doubts than explanation.

“As suggested by the Minister, to lodge a complaint with MACC is an option. Obviously, the Minister knew that if an official complaint is lodged with MACC, then concerned citizen including myself will not be able to voice out freely matters concerning the issue through the media, which may be accused of jeopardizing the investigation by MACC, if any.

“It is time for the government to provide and improve effective checks and safeguards proactively and vigilantly against all illegal activities which have been destroying our environment, heritage and resources and deteriorating our quality of life other than causing massive damage and losses to the State.

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