IPOH: An incense stick factory in Sungai Siput was closed after it was discovered that it was operating with an expired license.
The Forestry Department said here that the law enforcement team raided the factory on Friday, June 4 and found that its license was not renewed when it expired on June 30 of the last year and had not applied for renewal.
In a statement released on Sunday, June 6, he said four people had been arrested, including the 65-year-old factory owner, a 57-year-old local worker and two foreign workers in their 30s.
“The team also seized several machines and a police report was drawn up shortly thereafter,” the department added.
He also said that several raids were carried out on Friday to ensure that wood-based factories were operating with the proper permissions and to prevent any logging during the MCO.
On the same day, three residents aged 27 to 55 were arrested during another operation in the Bubu Permanent Forest Reserve in Beruas, Manjung for logging.
The ministry said the enforcement area found one of them chopping down a tree when they entered the area around 5:30 p.m.
“Several items, including a backhoe, a chainsaw and a parang, were also seized. The three suspects were taken to the Manjung police headquarters for further measures,” he said.
All three can be charged under Section 81 (1) (b) and Enactment 81 (1) (e) of the Forest Act.