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Govt Mulls Having Heavier Penalties For Environmental Exploitation Cases

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is looking into the possibility of imposing heavier penalties on individuals and those who exploit natural resources, said its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He said, at present, the penalties imposed on offenders were relatively light compared to some other countries.

“In terms of open burning, for example, the compound limit is RM2,000…be it for the industrial sector such as factories or farmers, that amount is such a small amount, hence the need of different amount of compound.”

He said this at a press conference after opening a workshop on Forestry Management in Malaysia at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy here today.

He added that stiffer penalties were just apt to prevent incidents which could have damaging and even disastrous impact on public health as what had happened during the recent haze, which was the result of open burning activities.

As such, he said it was hoped that the one-day workshop could provide a platform for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to review and strengthen forest law enforcement and to provide input to the relevant ministries and agencies in addressing the problem. – BERNAMA

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