State Government Opposes Mangrove Timber Smuggling

SHAH ALAM, 27 Nov: The Selangor Government is using satellite systems to monitor and control trespassing of the Selangor mangrove forests as well as mangrove timber smuggling attempts.

Environment Exco member, Elizabeth Wong said the implementation of the satellite control system began over a year ago and has helped curb such activities.

“It is the latest system and it makes the monitoring process easier to conduct.

“In addition, we also have officers who will conduct fieldwork to monitor the area and provide air control from time to time,” she said when met at the Selangor State Assembly sitting today.

Commenting on mangrove timber smuggling incidences around Klang, he explains that legal prosecution have been imposed on the people involved.

“Usually, when there are smuggling cases, the public will immediately complain to us (the forest department).

“We have successfully taken action against all the cases and those who are guilty of smuggling have also been sentenced,” said Elizabeth, who is also Bukit Lanjan’s assemblywoman.

She added that most of the smuggling cases are done by Indonesian foreigners who trespass by using small boats.

“Thus, the State Government through the Forestry Department have designed a collaboration with all relevant agencies to carry out monitoring and enforcement to curb this issue,” she said.

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