A man was arrested in Tasek Bera Conservation Forest Reserve for possessing suspected agarwood. The 56-year-old suspect also had two sacks believed to contain agarwood. The arrest took place during the Joint Khazanah Operation, involving the Pahang State Forestry Department, General Operations Force personnel, and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.
Foreigner arrested over agarwood
A hut, believed to be the suspect’s residence for agarwood searching, was discovered with various items such as a mobile phone, animal traps, wild meat, torchlights, saws, and wood carving tools. Felled agarwood trees were also found in the area. JPNP enforcement units constantly monitor forest reserves, which are known locations for illegal agarwood tree searches. Local communities’ cooperation is essential in curbing trespassing activities.
Agarwood trees are protected, and felling can lead to prosecution under the National Forestry Act 1984. High demand and prices, reaching up to RM100,000 per kilogram, drive the continued hunting of agarwood.
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