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Cambodian And 7 Others Arrested For Possession Of Gaharu (Aquilaria Species) In Keningau on 2nd February 2018

  1. The Forestry Department Enforcement Team arrested a Cambodian, 6 other illegal immigrants and a local for possession of Gaharu wood,  a protected species, under the state’s laws and the international accord, CITES, on the trade of endangered species.

  2.  It is believed, the Gaharu was obtained illegally from protected forests, including parts of Maliau Basin.

  3. The successful operation cumulated after a month long period of surveillance observation and detection, by the department.

  4. The seized goods included several consignments of processed Gaharu, kept in dwelling houses, ready for export and a 4-wheel drive vehicle used for transportation to export points.

  5. Of the 8 suspects arrested, only 1 was a Malaysian. Ironically the Cambodian was in possession of a Mykad with permanent residence status which needs to be verified.

  6. This arrest was assisted with public co-operation and this is very much appreciated.

  7. It is estimated that the Gaharu seized is valued in the millions and the trade is linked to international buyers of various countries.

  8. The suspects shall be brought to court and charged under the Forest Enactment 1968.

  9. If convicted, the Forestry Department shall apply for deterrent sentences due to the serious occurrences of Gaharu theft in Sabah.



Gaharu in getaway vehicle
Gaharu in getaway vehicle.

The Cambodian suspect and the Gaharu
The Cambodian suspect and the Gaharu

Processed Gaharu
Processed Gaharu

Seized Gaharu in dwelling house
Seized Gaharu in dwelling house

Seized Gaharu in dwelling house
Seized Gaharu in dwelling house

6 of the arrested suspects
6 of the arrested suspects

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