Tapping illegally on gov't land, 240 rubber trees fell

Abnor Hamizam Abd Manap

BAHAU: Jempol District and Land office continues to fight against illegal encroachment of government’s land with the latest operation held at Kampung Laka here today.

A total of 240 rubber trees planted on 0.8 hectare of land were demolished in the joint operation, which also saw the participation from the police, People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA), Jempol Scouts, Jempol District Council (JDC) and the Public Works Department (PWD).

The four-year old rubber trees were planted on government land which has been gazetted for Jempol Scout Campsite.

Jempol District officer Zazali Salehudin said the affected location was part of a campsite area covering 4.8 hectares, which had been explored illegally for the past four years.

“The irresponsible person had used the area after he discovered that it was rarely occupied. The operation was also conducted to ensure that the safety of the guests at the campsite can be protected,” he said.

“The act of destroying the rubber trees and banana trees in the operation was carried out under Section 425 of the National Land Code 1965.

“The person responsible had also been issued with notices prior to the operation,” he said.

Zazali added the action was necessary despite calls from certain quarters that the act was purging away possible profits.

“It is still an illegal act and we will not tolerate (this),” he said.

Two JDC excavators and six chainsaws were used in the three-hour operation which started at 10am.