Perak forestry dept pledges to work with MACC in logging probe

IPOH: The Perak Forestry Department says it is ready to cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate allegations of corrupt practices involving its enforcement officers.

Its director Mohamed Zin Yusop said the department had cooperated with MACC on a complaint in December last year and the case was still under the MACC’s investigation.

He said apart from monitoring and controlling the logging activities using the monthly forest processing report for each approved licensee, the department and all district forest offices would also carry out regular enforcement activities.

“We have complied with all the rules and specifications set and successfully retained the Forest Management Certification since 2001 until now.

“To obtain this certification, the department must comply with the set criteria and guidelines, to be assessed annually by an independent auditor,” he said.

He was commenting on a report today which claimed of illegal logging activities and environmental destruction in the state.

The report said logging companies were willing to offer up to RM30,000 to enforcement officers as an inducement to survey potential areas to carry out logging activities.

Zin said logging in Perak was only implemented in forest areas classified as production forests where logging activities were carried out sustainably based on the principles of sustainable forest management.