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Sand theft in Selangor declining since 2008, says MB
SHAH ALAM: The problem of sand theft in Selangor has been on the decline since the state government's wholly-owned company, Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd (KSSB), started managing sand in 2008, said Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
He said according to statistics, 974 arrests were made for sand thefts in 2008, 159 in 2009, 91 in 2010 and 37 last year.
Khalid said the amount of compound fines imposed for sand theft dropped from RM1.3 million in 2008, RM425,000 in 2009 and RM121,000 in 2010 to RM27,000 last year.
"The drop in the number of arrests and amount of fines imposed was due to effective monitoring operations carried out in the districts and managed by the State Secretary's office."
The Menteri Besar said this is in reply to a question from Kuala Kubu Baharu assemblyman Wong Koon Mun from MCA at the Selangor state assembly sitting, here, today.
khalid said sand theft cases in Selangor dropped also because of the state government's action of confiscating the land leased from irresponsible quarters who used the land for other activities other than what had been agreed upon.
He said the Selangor government through the state executive council had streamlined monitoring operations for sand theft by creating five contract posts including evaluation officer, legal officer and quantity surveyor to monitor control over land for encroachment or sand theft.
"To ensure transparency in KSSB, the state government also appointed a council member of Transparency International Malaysia, Sabtu Md Ali, as KSSB chairman," he said.
Khalid said the royalty collected by KSSB from sand mining for the first six months of this year amounted to RM5 million compared to not more than RM3 million before 2008. -- BERNAMA