Illicit Stone-Dredging Operation In Ranau Busted By Authorities After Tip Off

The conveyor belt and pile of stones ready to be delivered were seized at the site near the Liwagu river in Ranau on Sunday.
The conveyor belt and pile of stones ready to be delivered were seized at the site near the Liwagu river in Ranau on Sunday.

RANAU – The Land and Survey Department took immediate action against an illegal river stone dredging operation at Sungai Liwagu near here on Sunday after receiving a complaint from the public over the activity.

Haji Safar
Haji Safar Untong

Its Director, Datuk Hj Safar Untong said Tuesday, two enforcement teams were deployed to raid the site at about 10am on Sunday.

He said the enforcement teams managed to seize a crusher, conveyor belts, and piles of river stones estimated to be around the volume of 350 tonnes at the site. However, there were no workers at the site when the teams went in.

“Investigations into the seizure is still ongoing and we need three to four days to complete our report,” he said, adding that the head of the enforcement teams will lodge police report then.

Safar said an investigation paper(IP) will be opened once all necessary information has been obtained.

“We will continue to monitor sand and stone mining activities statewide and will take necessary action to crack down on such illegal mining activity,” he added.