Crocodiles sight in Stampin Resettlement scheme
SUPP Public Complaints Bureau (SUPP PCB) Chief Wilfred Yap asked Sarawak Forestry Corporation to immediately erect a signage to notify the public of the presence of crocodiles in the river of Stampin Resettlement Scheme for them to be alert and careful when near the river.
This was when he was being approached by the residents residing at Lorong 17Q of Stampin Resettlement Scheme who requested for assistance after they spotted two crocodiles, estimated to be about 10 feet in length and the other was 4 feet long. SUPP Public Complaints Bureau have on behalf of the residents immediately notified and highlighted the problem to Sarawak Forestry Corporation for their further action.
Following the notification of the sighting of the crocodiles, Sarawak Forestry Corporation have sent two officers who together with Yap and Kapitan Chai Yong Liang had met up with the residents to inspect and assess the situation and also to see what can be done to resolve the problem raised by them.
The officer from Sarawak Forestry Corporation advised the residents on the need for proper rubbish disposal which is not into the river. As rubbish sometimes consists of food wrappings, packets and the like, crocodiles may eat these garbage and form the habit of waiting for people to dump their rubbish. He explained that when we throw rubbish, everything smells like food, especially rotten meat to a crocodile and this will entice the reptile to move closer to the settlement area and condition them to to think the act of throwing rubbish into the river signifies feeding time.
Members of the public are reminded to notify the nearest Sarawak Forestry Corporation offices of crocodile sightings in their areas and not take matters into their own hands as these reptiles are dangerous. Sarawak Forestry Corporation hotlines are 019-8859996/016-8565564 (Kuching), 019-8190140/019-8894474 (Sibu), 019-8223449/019-8332737 (Bintulu) and 019-8224566/019-8290994 (Miri).
SUPP Public Complaints Bureau is always ready to highlight issue of public interest and lend a helping hand to the anyone facing problems with Government Departments or Agencies or who come across problems of public interest but does not know how to deal with it. Anyone requiring assistance can always call SUPP Public Complaint’s mobile number at 016-7797688 or 082-246999 or go direct to SUPP Head Office to request for assistance.
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