Follow the Money to Curb Forest Crime

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Presentation by Dato‘ Sri Abu Kassim bin Mohamed,
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,
Follow the Money to Curb Forest Crime,
The 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference, Thursday, 11 November 2010, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand

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Follow the Money to Curb Forest Crime

  1. 1. Workshop Title: Follow the Money to Curb Forest Crime Name: Dato‘ Sri Abu Kassim bin Mohamed Organisation: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission www.14iacc.org www.iacconference.org www.twitter.com/14iacc
  2. 2. <ul><li>Forest crimes of various kinds are universal in many parts of the world and often involve troupe in both producer and consumer countries. The World Bank in 2002 estimates the market value of global annual losses from illegal cutting of forests in public lands at over USD10 billion-more than eight times the total official development assistance flows for the sustainable management of forests. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: World Bank 2002 </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Forests are vulnerable to exploitation of both the resource itself and local populations, who may have few other livelihood options. In a downward spiral, poor governance allows corruption, fraud and organised crime to flourish through illegal logging and associated trade. </li></ul><ul><li>The consequences of are: </li></ul>Unsustainable Forest Exploitation And Resulting Environmental Damage Social Disruption, At Times Leading To Human Rights Abuses And Conflict Downward Pressure On Timber Prices
  4. 4. Information Received by MACC on Logging from Year 2005-2010 10 10 21 2010 14 14 141 2009 6 18 201 2008 3 20 174 2007 2006 2005 YEAR 4 8 95 INFORMATION RECEIVED INVESTIGATION PAPER ARREST 144 13 4
  5. 5. OPERATIONS Several JOINT-OPERATIONS with State Forestry Departments were carried out in 2010 which resulted in cases of corruption in connection with illegal logging being exposed. Some of the highlights of these cases are as follows : 3 1,500 tons of timber (approx. USD281,250) approx. USD1,562 Maran, Pahang 200 tons of timber (approx. USD375,000) Pahang State Forestry approx. USD18,750 Pahang State Forestry NO. OF ARREST CONFISTICATED / FORFEITED VALUE OF GRATIFICATION LOCATION / JOINT OPERATION
  6. 6. 1 Timber (approx. USD625,000) + 4 machinery approx. USD4,687 Selangor State Forestry Department 1 Timber (approx. USD93,750) + 3 excavators approx. USD2,187 Selangor State Forestry Department Timber (approx. USD46,875) approx. USD625 Kajang, Selangor Timber (approx. USD78,125) approx. USD18,750 Kuala Nerang, Kedah NO. OF ARREST CONFISTICATED / FORFEITED VALUE OF GRATIFICATION LOCATION / JOINT OPERATION
  7. 7. Logs (approx. USD78,125) + 4 machinery + 1 lorry Perak State Forestry Department Timber (approx. USD156,250) + sawmill sealed off Perak State Forestry Department & RELA Timber (approx. USD312,500) Perak State Forestry Department & RELA NO. OF ARREST CONFISTICATED / FORFEITED VALUE OF GRATIFICATION LOCATION / JOINT OPERATION
  8. 8. 4 Cash (approx. USD85,000) + approx. USD843,750 worth of property approx. USD32,812 Kedah Forest Department 4 approx. USD10,937 Johore State Forestry Department NO. OF ARREST CONFISTICATED / FORFEITED VALUE OF GRATIFICATION LOCATION / JOINT OPERATION
  9. 11. Amount of corruption involved in Malaysia concerning illegal logging from the year 2005-2010 = approx. USD216,465

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