RM3m tim­ber logs seized

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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

BERNAMAPIX

Pa­hang JPNP per­son­nel with the logs seized dur­ing a raid at Chini For­est Re­serve and the Chini For­est Re­serve Ex­ten­sion last Satur­day.

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