Johor authorities investigate report of illegal logging at Lenggor Forest Reserve

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020

KLUANG: The Johor state police, together with the state Forestry Department, have conducted an operation at Lenggor Forest Reserve, Kahang, here following a report of illegal logging in the area.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said that the operation was conducted at about 7am on Tuesday (Nov 24), with 80 personnel from the state police headquarters, Kluang Police District and the Forestry Department.

“When we arrived at a logging shed called ‘Apartment 197’, we only found old logs and no signs of illegal logging.

“We will continue to work together with the Forestry Department to really ensure that there is no illegal logging in Kluang or any other forest reserve in the state, ” he said after the operation at Kahang Police Station here on Tuesday (Nov 24).

He added that the case would usually be investigated under Section 15 of the National Forest Reserve 1984 for illegal taking of forest produce, which carries a maximum fine of RM500,000 and imprisonment of not more than 20 years.

“This is the nature of conducting an operation; some days we achieve success and some days we go home empty-handed, ” he said, adding that the report was lodged about a month ago.

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