Four nabbed for illegal mangrove logging in Pulau Indah

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020

Enforcement officers making an inventory of the mangrove wood before transporting it for storage.

FOUR men were nabbed by the Selangor Forestry Department (JPNS) for illegal mangrove logging on government land and forest reserves at Sungai Kembung, Pulau Indah.

State environment, green technology, science, technology and innovation and consumer affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said in a statement that the night raid was jointly carried out by four JPNS officers and eight General Operations Force personnel.

The four men were caught unloading mangrove wood from a boat and were taken to the Port Klang Police Station for further action.

Items confiscated included a fibre boat, a 40hp marine outboard engine, about 200 pieces of mangrove wood and three motorcycles.

Most of the seized items were brought to JPNS’ store in Sungai Buloh, while the mangrove wood was stored at the Forest Ranger’s office in Port Klang.

The mangrove wood would be auctioned by JPNS later.

Hee said the case was being investigated under Section 84 (1) Enactment (Application) National Forestry Act 1985, which stated that any person found to posses, maintain or control any forest produce whereby the royalty, premium or other charges regarding the forest produce is not paid, has committed an offence.

If found guilty, those involved can be fined not more than RM200,000 or jailed not less than a year and not more than 10 years, or both.

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