Said denies interfering in log seizure

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 21 Nov 2006

JASIN MP Datuk Mohd Said Yusof has denied that he had obstructed Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officials from carrying out their duties. 

He denied that he had caused a “fuss” in Malacca following the seizure of a consignment of timber from Indonesia. 

Referring to a newspaper report, which claimed that he had interfered in the officials' duties last month, he said that he had gone to the maritime office in Kuala Sungai Baru to inquire the reasons for the seizure. 

“I gave my name card to the staff members there for their officers to contact me as no one was there to give me the actual reasons for the seizure.  

“I did not cause a fuss there. I was surprised when I read that the MMEA had lodged a police report against me. 

“A police report is a serious matter, but no one from the police or the agency contacted me prior to the publication of the news report,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby yesterday. 

The newspaper reported that MMEA officials had lodged a police report against the MP on Oct 3. 

The officials alleged that Mohd Said had interfered in a case involving illegal logs and had questioned the reason for seizing a boat carrying the logs near the Sungai Linggi jetty. 

Mohd Said, who claimed that the consignment in question was sawn timber and not logs as reported, said he had only wanted to raise the issue of enforcement officials “chasing away” traders of sawn timber at the jetty.  

“The Government had constructed a RM4mil jetty.  

“But what is the point when boats transporting sawn timber and logs from Indonesia are stopped from coming in?” he asked. 

Mohd Said was in the centre of a controversy in May when he allegedly asked the Customs and Excise Department to “close one eye” in a case involving the import of sawn timber. 

Malacca police chief Datuk Senior Asst Comm Ayub Yaakob said police started gathering information on the case after the report was lodged against Mohd Said. 

“The investigation, which is ongoing, is to be conducted here,” said SAC Ayub, who declined to elaborate further. 

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, when asked to comment on the case, said he would leave it for the police to investigate.  

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