An individual was arrested for illegally conducting land encroachment activities at a section of Compartment 60 of the Bubu Forest Reserve in Kinta/Manjung Forest District last Saturday (May 8).
According to the State Forestry Department (JPNPk) in a statement dated yesterday (May 10), the arrest was done at around 3pm during an enforcement operation via patrol and monitor at hotspots in permanent forest reserves (HSK).
“The male suspect was found clearing lands by cutting down the forest trees to make way for plantation of durian trees.
“During the raid, a four wheel drive (4WD) vehicle was seized and brought to JPNPk’s storage of confiscated goods at Pusing. The suspect was then brought to the Manjung District Police Headquarters to facilitate investigations. He was released under police bail.
“The case is being investigated under Section 32(1) and Section 47(1) of the National Forestry Act 1984 (Adoption) (Amendment) Enactment 1985.
“Punishment under Section 32(1) entails a fine of up to RM50,000, imprisonment of up to five years, or both, if convicted.
“Punishment under Section 47(1) entails a fine of up to RM10,000, imprisonment of up to three years, or both, if convicted instead.
“As a reminder to the public, JPNPk is always implementing the National Forestry Act 1984 (Adoption) (Amendment) Enactment 1985 in its patrol and monitor activities, despite the ongoing Movement Control Order (MCO),” the statement added.