Kelantan Forestry Dept views seriously claims on illegal logging
Last Update: 03/10/2019
KOTA BHARU, Oct 3 -- The Kelantan State Forestry Department (JPNK) views seriously the claims by a group of environmental activists published in a newspaper on Sept 30, that logging and illegal mining activities in Kelantan were at a critical level.
Its director, Mohd Radhi Choo Abdullah, said the article published in a newspaper was a serious allegation as it involved leakages in revenue to the state government.
He said the department would thoroughly investigate the claims and take decisive action if found to be true.
"The claim that all logging processes, from application to getting approval, the production of logs right up till they reach factories - involves money, is a very serious one to make.
"The same goes for allegations of moving the 'bearings' and boundary stones for the expansion of workspaces, non-receipt payments, lorry tax payments, as well as changing the size and types of timber, all these activities do not exist at all, actually," he said in a statement here today.
Mohd Radhi said preliminary investigations by the department found that logging contractors were only required to pay fees for licensing purposes based on the prevailing Forest Regulations in the state.
He added that they had issued formal receipts for all charges, and officers and staff were not allowed to receive cash payments.