The other day I hired a big tuk-tuk like pick-up truck to carry certain logistics from an event that I organized, and via my random conversation with the driver, I found out some simple steps to help destroy our forest.
As a driver, he said although the journey to Preah Vihear ain’t no easy, it has never been a losing business; he always managed some good profit. On every journey he made, he always managed to bring back home a few pieces of valuable wood. By now he had got enough to build a nice wooden house.
I was like, “Wow!” So, what I did was interrogating him a bit about it, thinking I could write and share especially with any of you who might be interested in destroying our forest, our country and our mother earth. So there you go – a really easy-to-grasp instruction:
Step 1: Go to any under-developed province in Cambodia where there are still a lot to deforest, with a car, van or whatever, big enough to transport an expected amount of wood back to Phnom Penh, and in the man’s case, his usual province to go to is Preah Vihear.
Step 2: Hire a few men with the skills and facilities to cut trees (apparently there are plenty of such men in places like Preah Vihear).
Step 3: Explore the province to find an appropriate spot in the forest.
Step 4: Pick any tree you like.
Step 5: Cut and end their lives and simply put them in your car/van/truck back to Phnom Penh.
See? It’s as simple as that, just as simple and as convenient as finding a few pieces of firewood to cook. As shocked as you might be now, I asked him if he was not at all afraid of being jailed for this, as clearly deforesting is not legal. “Aren’t you afraid of being caught and punished by some authority?” I asked.
He said, “No.” He then talked about how such act is nothing unique, meaning everyone is doing it there. In a province like Preah Vihear, there have been a lot of tree-cutting activities, so his errands once in a while to do his part in destroying our forest is no shock to anyone there.
Why is it so? Why such “awesome” acts go unnoticed, “unrewarded”? He explained, there’s a guy behind all these green-demolishing operations, who has got a special licence, worth a few hundred million dollars a year, granted by someone to cut trees, which means he can destroy and sell as much wood as he f**king wishes to, not giving a rat-ass shit about anything.
I was like, “Wow! How wonderful!”
Disclaimer: This is written and reported out of an conversation I had with a man who claimed to have done it only. I have nothing to verify the truth to all these. So, if you want to follow suit, please remember to bear your own risks.