25 June 2010

laporan Polis DPPNJ : Isu Curi Pasir



Laporan Polis yang telah dibuat.

Saya telah membaca di dalam akhbar cetak The Star yang disiarkan pada 24 Jun 2010 bilangan 18589 yang menyiarkan berita bertajuk “Sand Pirates” ataupun “Lanun-lanun Pasir” di halaman 1 dan halaman 4. Berita yang disiarkan di dalam akhbar cetak ini telah melaporkan bagaimana pasir daripada negara Malaysia telah dibawa keluar setiap hari daripada Sungai Johor dan dibawa ke beberapa lokasi iaitu di Perlabuhan Tanjung Pelepas dan Teluk Danga (Malaysia) manakala ia telah dibawa secara haram ke Pulau Punggol Timur di Singapura. Perkara ini dikatakan telah berlaku sejak tiga tahun yang lalu.

Pasukan Starprobe iaitu pasukan penyiasat daripada akhbar The Star telah melakukan siasatan dan telah mendedahkan perkara-perkara seperti berikut :-

1. mendapati bahawa terdapat laluan biasa (normal route) dan laluan haram (illegal route) yang telah menyebabkan berlakunya kegiatan pencurian pasir dan membekalkan pasir secara haram kepada negara jiran iaitu Singapura.

2. bekalan pasir diperolehi daripada kawasan Kota Tinggi dan Ulu Tiram serta pasir di sepanjang Sungai Johor. Bekalan pasir daripada kawasan-kawasan ini adalah tindakan yang salah.

3. terdapat aktiviti membekalkan pasir kepada Singapura sedangkan ianya dilarang oleh kerajaan Malaysia.

Sebelum ini saya telah mendengar bahawa pasir telah diseludup daripada Malaysia ke Singapura namun kegiatan ini masih belum dapat dibuktikan. Namun, saya berpendapat bahawa laporan berita yang disiarkan di The Star ini perlu diberikan perhatian kerana ia telah disertakan dengan laporan penyiasatan serta gambar-gambar yang menunjukkan bahawa terdapat kegiatan membekalkan pasir secara haram.

Oleh itu, saya membuat laporan polis pada hari ini dengan tujuan supaya pihak polis :-

1. Menyiasat kesahihan laporan berita yang telah disiarkan oleh akhbar ini.

2. Menyiasat bagaimana pasir tersebut boleh dibawa keluar daripada kawasan Malaysia ke Singapura tanpa dikesan oleh pihak berwajib.

3. Menyiasat bagaimana sindiket membekalkan pasir boleh mendapatkan kebenaran untuk membawa pasir daripada Kota Tinggi, Ulu Tiram dan kawasan Sungai Johor ke Singapura sedangkan tidak ada sesiapa yang dibenarkan untuk mengeksport pasir ke luar negara.

4. Menyiasat bagaimana kegiatan menyeludup pasir ke Pulau Punggol Timur di Singapura tidak dapat dikesan oleh pihak kerajaan Malaysia sedangkan ia telah berlaku sejak tiga tahun terdahulu.

5. Menyiasat bagaimana kapal pengangkutan pasir dengan mudah bergerak di kawasan perairan antarabangsa yang melibatkan Malaysia dan Singapura sedangkan ia melibatkan kedaulatan dan keselamatan negara.

Sekian laporan saya.

Mahadzir Bin Mat Zili
Penolong Setiausaha
Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri Johor
25 Jun 2010
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Sand pirates: Millions floated out of the country via Sungai Johor - The Star Online

By ELAN PERUMAL and STUART MICHAEL
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

JOHOR BARU: Sand worth millions of ringgit is being illegally “floated” out of the country daily via Sungai Johor here. And this has been going on for the past three years.

A Starprobe team investigating this lucrative trade found that the sand ends up in Singapore, despite a ban on sand export imposed by the Malaysian Government.

Sand extraction is a common sight along the river as mining syndicates illegally transport millions of tonnes of sand, even on weekends and public holidays, via Danga Bay and Port of Tanjung Pelepas.

The culprits use barges to pass through the international waters from Kota Tinggi and Ulu Tiram before arriving at local ports for shipment to Singapore.

The probe revealed that the barges are directed towards a private jetty or landing point at Pulau Punggol Timur in Singapore where the sand is unloaded.

A Singaporean company, which obtains the sand from a Malaysian partner, supplies it to the Housing Development Board of Singapore to cater for construction projects in the island republic.

The Starprobe team’s visit to the landing point revealed that the sand from the barges was loaded onto trucks before being taken to the private storage area.

The Pulau Punggol Timur jetty is believed to be used to solely stock up sand.

The private jetty is filled with sand mounds, mostly from Malaysia, and some from neighbouring countries.

To circumvent the Malaysian ban on sand export, the syndicates are believed to be exporting this highly sought-after material as processed or “packed” silica sand, an item that can be exported.

By obtaining sand from its Malaysian partner, the Singaporean company is making huge profits as it only pays S$30 per cubic metre compared with S$40 for the same amount of sand from Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

It is estimated that since August 2007, more than three million cubic metres of sand has been smuggled out through Sungai Johor.

Starprobe’s findings also revealed that more than 90% of the sand was extracted from Sungai Johor while the rest was from sand mines from the Kota Tinggi and Johor Baru districts.

Further investigation revealed that the illegal business started after a contract worth RM62.4 mil was awarded by the Malaysian Drainage and Irrigation Department to a private company to carry out redesigning and rectification works of Sungai Johor.

This involved deepening and widening a 12km stretch of the river mouth from Kota Tinggi towards Singapore.

Checks revealed that since the project also involved sand extraction from the river, a total of three million cubic metres of sand had been mined from the river.

Based on the calculation that the sand is being sold at S$30 per cubic metre, the syndicates could have raked in RM207mil over the two-year period of the project.

After the project’s completion, the syndicates continued to extract sand from the river, purportedly for local use but instead “exported” it to Singapore.

It is also learnt that an average of three sand-laden barges are transported out of Sungai Johor daily. A total of 326 barges of sand are believed to have been smuggled into Singapore over the past four months.

The syndicates have made an estimated RM44.9mil from the sale of 652,000 cubic metres of sand over the four months, which means they have pocketed a total of RM251.9mil from the illegal sale of sand to Singapore over the past three years.

The Government has also sustained heavy losses due to the fact that the sand is freely smuggled out.

The Government should have collected not less than RM37.5mil in taxes from the transaction based on RM12.50 for exporting per cubic metre of silica sand.

A Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission source confirmed that it had received a tip-off on the involvement of government officials related to the sand stealing activity.

The source also revealed that the commission had tipped off the relevant government authorities on its findings.

On Feb 9, The Star reported that several government officials were charged with accepting bribes for allowing the smuggling of sand into Singapore.

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