Remaining quarry stones at Stabar being cleared

SEDC plans to develop the areas surrounding the quarry into a lakefront sector.

KUCHING: Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is currently clearing the remaining stockpile of quarry stones after its subsidiary company, CMS Quarries Sdn Bhd, has stopped its blasting operations at the Stabar Quarry, Mile 7, Padawan on Nov 13.

The company stopped its operations two weeks before the expiry of its license, which was on Nov 29.

SEDC chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr Abdul Aziz Datuk Husain said the quarry has been given approval by the state government to undertake stone crushing activities so that it can clear up its current remaining stockpile of quarry stone.

“These specific stone crushing activities together with related transportation and sales activities are still being carried out with the permission of the Land and Survey Department,” Dr Abdul Aziz said.

The clearing activities have also been given approval to be operated for a period of six months that runs from Dec 4 to June 3 next year, until the remaining stockpile is cleared.

Dr Abdul Aziz also responded to recent allegations on the status of Stabar Quarry operations on its approval to undertake specific stone crushing activities despite the non-renewal of its licence.

He said the present clearing operations involved heavy machinery and lorries — with heavy loads moving in and out of the quarry — but these activities are in line with the permissible crushing and transporting activities that the quarry is currently undertaking.

“We can assure the public that all these activities are being carried out in strict compliance with stringent regulatory requirements and the relevant standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the relevant authorities,” he said.

Abdul Aziz also stressed that SEDC is confident that in complying with the Land and Survey Department’s instructions and are acting within the law, they are focused on ensuring that all remaining resources within the quarry are fully utilised and do not go to waste.

“We would also like to reassure communities in the vicinity and other parties that the Stabar Quarry is no longer undertaking blasting operations, while at the same time, we seek their kind cooperation and understanding that they are done accordingly,” he said.

He also pointed out that SEDC and its related subsidiary company have plans to rehabilitate and develop the areas surrounding the quarry into a lakefront development — comprising residential and commercial components which will be unveiled in due course.