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Malaysia: Sabah Forest Industries guilty over bunker discharge

17 Jul 2018

A Malaysian court Monday found Sipitang-based pulp and paper manufacturer Sabah Forest Industries (SFI) Sdn Bhd guilty of discharging fuel oil into local waters, reports local media.

The company committed the environmental offence at its premises at Kompleks SFI, Jalan Jeti in Sipitang district on 10 August, 2015 at 9.40am.

It was fined RM 110,000 (USD $27,282) under Section 27 (1) of the Environmental Quality Act 1974 for discharging fuel oil from a marine fuel oil shore tank into Brunei Bay waters, and committing the act without a license from the Environmental Quality director-general as required under Section 27 (1) of the Environmental Quality Act.

SFI is one of Malaysia’s largest timber growers and wood processors. It manages a forest estate totalling 288,000 hectares, pulp and paper manufacturing facilities, and an integrated timber complex consisting of a saw mill and a veneer and plywood factory.

Its products are exported to Iran, Syria, Yemen, South Africa, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. 

Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 17 July, 2018


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