Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Four forestry officers arrested over corruption

2009/10/14 New Straits Times Malaysia

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), with the help of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, has apprehended four forestry officers suspected of being involved in corruption this year, its deputy minister Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said.

Kurup also said that the ministry detected a rise in illegal logging activities from 2006 to 2008 and had worked together with the MACC to beef up its anti-corruption capabilities in the forestry sector.

Kurup told a press conference after closing the a seminar on anti-corruption in the forestry sector here today that in 2006, the number of illegal logging activities detected was 34 and 38 in 2007.

There were 21 cases detected so far this year, he said.

"During the period, 23 people were arrested, among them forestry officers," he said.

Saying that the ministry would continue to monitor the activities, Kurup said many of them occurred in Pahang.

- Bernama