October 7, 2022

Two arrested in Kelantan for wildlife crimes

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PETALING JAYA: Two Malaysians have been arrested in Kelantan for committing wildlife crimes, says the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry.

Its minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar said the arrests were made in a raid under the Operasi Bersepadu Khazanah (OBK) on Oct 26.

He said the operation consisted of three officers from the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) and seven policemen.

Dr Xavier said investigations found that the accused were in possession of 48 various wildlife components, among which were eight suspected elephant tusk, two keris suspected to contain elephant tusk, six suspected elephant’s teeth, two weapon’s sheath suspected to contain elephant tusk, one suspected sambar deer skin, and two suspected deer antlers.

They also had what was suspected to be an eclectus parrot.

“Also confiscated was a business record book and three phones,” Jayakumar said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 31).

Dr Xavier said the accused were being investigated under Section 60 and Section 68 of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010.

He warned individuals involved in illegal wildlife hunting activities or of trespassing to stop or be prepared to face the law.

“I hope that the public will continue to support and provide assistance to become the eyes and ears of Perhilitan and the police to help the OBK operation by supplying information to protect the country’s national treasures so that it would not be threatened with extinction,” he said.

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