I saw this report about how farmers have encroached 30% of 6908ha of peat swamp which is a forest reserve. What amused me was the fine’s that are put out for such offences. Check out the below which was taken from the report
Under the Forestry Act 1984, Yussainy said those found encroaching into forest reserves could be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed up to three years or both if found guilty
The profits raked in by the farmers amount to thousands of ringgit and they are willing to take the risk of being jailed or fined.
The money that they rake from the crops like banana, soursop, papaya, sweet corn, tapioca, sweet potato, turmeric, lengkuas (galangal), ginger, serai (lemongrass) and chilli is just too good. Some of these farmers are millionaires,’’ he claimed
Its crazy how there is efforts to rehabilitate but there isn’t strong enough laws to put off these offenders?! And they can tell us that some of them are millionaire’s. So they know what is happening and yet not enough is done to put them off their spree.