The Rajang is log - jammed! The Rajang is debris - filled!
The logs are floating down the river due to heavy rainfall in the upper reaches of the Rajang. Soon they will be at the river mouth.
These logs look like logs which were hewn/ sewn but were not passed by government regulations for export. Or they could have come from abandon timber log ponds. What ever the root of the problem it is of paramount significance to ask why this wastage? However it poses as a great danger to life on the river - be it transport and daily life like fishing etc. School children have found themselves stranded because they cannot go to school in their normal means of tansport. Speedboats and river ambulances cannot help save lives because it is too dangerous to navigate in the river. And huge waves can sweep the logs into homes which can come tumbling down to say the least. There will be damages to lots of properties .
Questions have been raised by both opposition and local thinkers as to why and how this phenomenon is occuring.
There will definitely be more of these logs floating in the Rajang river and means must be found to reduce this danger or expose the careless and thoughtless users of our beloved resources.
Daily you rape your own mother (earth)! Do you really believe there are no consequences to such actions? Whatever you do to the web of life, whatever you do to your Sacred Mother Earth, you do to yourselves. If you choose to continue sleepwalking, one day soon you shall wake up to find that you have been evicted from what’s left of the Garden of Eden.
From Chief Seattle 1854 "Web of Life"
All photos by Steve Ling of Sibu. Thanks.