SANDAKAN: Zone 4 Marine Police Division (PPM) confiscated 46 mangrove logs believed to be illegally harvested during its Ops Pensura at the waters off Batu 3, on Wednesday.
Zone 4 PPM Commander, ACP Mohamad Bin Madun, said the incident happened at about 11.35am when PSC 14 patrol boat encountered several men who were cutting down mangrove trees at a forest nearby the village’s river.
He said the men then flee when approached by PPM personnel and have yet to be detected. All the mangrove logs and two boats with an estimated worth of RM10,000 have been brought to Sandakan PPM Operation Base and handed to Sandakan Forestry Department for further action.
The case will be investigated under Sabah Forest Enactment for taking or logging timbers without permit. – SayangSabah