Malaysia: Defending 59 Selangor forest reserves from illegal logging is not easy

Only a limited staff strength of about 200 covers 241,568ha that make
up the 59 forest reserves in Selangor, the Selangor Forestry
Department needs help from the public to put a stop to illegal
logging. After StarMetro highlighted the problem in Ulu Yam on Feb 4,
rangers from the central Selangor region leaped into action to check
on the problem. Using the Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking and
a map, they discovered that the logging was being carried out on
private land.

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“It is hard to nab these illegal loggers as some use methods like
hiding the logs in covered lorries, while others poured sand over the
logs in their trucks. “Most of these vehicles are covered unlike
previously when the logs can be seen.

We have to be smarter than these criminals to catch them,” he said. Mohd Yussainy said if illegal logging took place on forest reserve land, the department would go all out to nab them. “Forest reserve land is marked by signs saying ‘Taman Negeri Selangor’ or Selangor Forest Reserve,” he said. In central Selangor, there are 54,924ha of forest reserve with 110,503ha in Hulu
Selangor and 76,140ha in Pantai Klang. “Under Section 47 (1) of the
National Forestry Act 1984 (Amendment 1993), those entering the forest
will be liable for a RM10,000 fine or a three-year jail sentence or
both,” he added.

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