RM3m timber logs seized
BERA: The Pahang Forestry Department (JPNP) confiscated 2,400 pieces of timber estimated to be worth more than RM3 million which were believed to have been logged illegally from the Chini Forest Reserve and the Chini Forest Reserve Extension last Saturday.
JPNP director Datuk Mohd Hizamri Mohd Yasin said the seized logs involved high-value timber from the meranti and keruing species estimated to be 2,500 tonnes in weight.
“The raid was carried out on Saturday by 60 state JPNP personnel after receiving information from the public. The raid came across nine heaps of logs around the forest reserve area.
“Initial investigation showed the group had started operations since early February based on the remnants of tree stumps and latex.
“The department had detained four local men in their 20s and 60s who were carrying the split wood out of the area,” he told reporters after inspecting the site.
All of the suspects were released on police bail after their statements were taken to assist investigation under Section 81 (1) (b) and Section 15 of the National Forestry Act 1984 for possession of forest products.
Three tractors and two units of four-wheel-drive vehicles and a Ford lorry were also seized. – Bernama
Pahang JPNP personnel with the logs seized during a raid at Chini Forest Reserve and the Chini Forest Reserve Extension last Saturday.