Published on: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Tawau: Three workers, including the manager of a logging company at Sg. Tatulip, Kalabakan, claimed they were assaulted and threatened by 13 men from another logging company here on Oct. 24.
The manager who wished to be only identified as Lai, in his 30s, said the 13 men were armed with two parangs and a keris when they damaged their camps before attacking them (three men) around noon last week.
He claimed that the 13 encroached into their premises and took away their timber waste illegally.
The attackers also allegedly detained them in an office of a rival logging company and ordered Lai to call his employer to resolve problems.
"While I was calling my employer, I overheard that the attackers intend to assault my employer by cutting off his hand when he arrives.
"But when they saw my employer coming with policemen, they dragged us (three men) to another place before releasing us," he said.
Due to the assault, Lai said the company had to stop operating because the workers were afraid to come down to work which has affected the company's revenue.
He said they regretted that the rival company did not follow procedures but used violence to go against them.
"We work for a valid company that has an operating licence to collect timber waste.
In fact, we are questioning the action of the attackers who claimed we have encroached into their areas," he said.
Lai, who claimed the attackers have also used a metal pipe to assault him, said his employer has lodged police reports and hoped appropriate action will be taken against their attackers.