Why are 800 residents in eight villages in Balai Ringin, about 100 km from Kuching, living in fear of thugs?
The villagers around Melikin and Karangan Melikin believe the thugs are linked to illegal logging outfits that have encroached into the villagers’ water catchment area.
The map above (click to enlarge) suggests that logging or land clearing has been carried out in the area. Look at what appears to be the muddy sedimentation in the brown waters downstream.
The illegal logging has reportedly polluted the villagers’ water supply area even though the Kampung Melikin water catchment ine area was gazetted in 2013. See this Borneo Post report.
But why should any villager anywhere in the country live in fear of gangsters? Presumably, the police should be stepping up patrols in the area and maintaining a strong presence to deter the thugs as a matter of urgency? This problem appears to have been going on for some time.
See an earlier Sarawak Report article that casts a spotlight on the murky world of politics, business and gangsterism in the area.