A lorry suspected of illegally transporting rubber wood was detained along Jalan Baling-Kuala Kangsar (near the Kampung Langkor Kati intersection) in Perak at around 7.45pm yesterday (May 26).
According to the State Forestry Department, its driver failed to present any authorisation documents issued by the department that allows transport of forest produce.
“The driver was arrested and brought to the Kuala Kangsar District Police Headquarters to facilitate further investigations. However, the driver was released on police bail after his statements were recorded.
“The lorry was seized and moved to the Sungai Siput (U) Forestry Training Centre.
“Investigations found around 93 sticks and 2,000 short sticks of rubber wood worth around RM25,000.
“A police report was lodged to the Kuala Kangsar Police Station regarding the driver’s arrest.
“The driver is liable to offences for disobeying the State Forestry Director’s Circular Bil.2/2019 and transporting rubber wood without a valid licence.
“Under Section 68(1) of the National Forestry Act 1984 (Adoption) Enactment 1985, punishment entails a fine of up to RM50,000, imprisonment of up to five years, or both, if found guilty.
“Investigations are still ongoing and findings will be presented to the deputy public prosecutor for further actions,” the department explained in a statement dated today (May 27).
It added that starting April 14, 2019, all rubber wood production activities from any owned lands require a licence, while tax imposition is only for those with lands 40 hectare-wide and above. Failure to comply may result in strict action by the department.