Man faces RM500k fine, jail if convicted of stealing logs from Dungun forest reserve

ADRIAN DAVID

KUALA TERENGGANU: For stealing four Kapur (Dryobalanops) logs, a contractor is facing a fine of RM500,000 and a jail term of between one and 20 years.


Foo Chee Chean, 38, is facing an additional punishment of a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a maximum jail of five years, or both, upon conviction for failing to pay royalty, premium and other charges for the said logs.


Foo has appealed for consideration to the Sessions Court against the two charges for stealing the timber logs at a forest reserve in Dungun, when his case came up for mention.


Sessions Court judge Rofiah Mohamad told Foo to prepare a written appeal and submit it to the deputy public prosecutor’s office before remention of his case on May 7.


Foo was first charged under Section 15(1) (a) of the National Forestry Enactment (receiving-use) 1986, on Dec 20 last year for allegedly stealing four Kapur logs from the Bukit Bauk forest reserve in Dungun at 6am on Dec 15 last year.


If found guilty, he faces a fine of RM500,000 and a jail term of between one and 20 years.


He faces a second charge under Section 84(1) of the same enactment, for allegedly failing to pay royalty, premium and other charges for the said logs at the same time and place.


The offence is punishable with a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a maximum jail of five years, or both, upon conviction.


Deputy public prosecutor Rohaiza Abdul Rahman acted for the Forestry Department while Foo was unrepresented.