Sarawak passes Forests Bill, ups penalties to RM1mil fine and 10 years' jail


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015

Illegal logging can be seen along the mountain ranges that surround the Batang Ai Dam reservoir. FILE PIC.

KUCHING: Timber thieves will face heftier fines and jail terms when a new Forests Ordinance comes into force in Sarawak.

Among others, the illegal export of logs under the Forests Bill 2015 is punishable by a fine of RM100,000 to RM500,000 and up to five years' imprisonment, or a fine of up to RM1mil and 10 years' jail for subsequent offences.

Those guilty of not paying royalties or fees will be fined not less than RM25,000, jailed up to a year and ordered to pay the government a sum of not less than 10 times the royalty or fee chargeable on the timber in question.

Previously, the penalty for illegally exporting logs was imprisonment of between one and five years and a RM50,000 fine, while that for revenue offences was one year's jail and a fine of RM2,000.

The Bill was passed by the State Legislative Assembly Wednesday to repeal and replace the existing Forests Ordinance 1953.

It follows the crackdown on illegal logging and corruption in the timber industry announced by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem some months ago.

Second Resource Planning and Environment Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, who tabled the Bill, said it was aimed to eliminate illegal logging and to promote sustainable forest management.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Nation

Anwar sues Perak PAS commissioner for defamation
Minister to meet industry players on Dec 6 over egg, cooking oil shortage
Hadi: Perikatan to wait for next GE to 'topple' govt
Zambry: Unity govt to sign coalition agreement soon
Body of foreign woman found floating in Pulau Jerejak
Tok Mat to deliberate on LCS issue soon
Bella's case: Siti Bainun's motion to suspend defence trial proceedings rejected
Man held for threatening duo with folding knife, sword in Ampang
All factors considered before appointing Zahid as DPM, says Anwar
Defence White Paper will be implemented soon, says Tok Mat

Others Also Read