KUCHING, 8 SEPTEMBER 2019 – SFC’s enforcement team were patrolling Pasar Tamu Kubah Ria yesterday (September 7) and arrested two suspects found to be in the possession of 652 sea-turtle eggs. Both suspects were caught red-handed displaying the eggs for sale were subsequently brought to the police station for investigation and further action.
The first suspect, 65-year old, was nabbed at 9:45am with 214 sea-turtle eggs and the second suspect, 26-year old, was caught in the afternoon around 3pm with 438 sea-turtle eggs.
The penalty for anyone who hunts, kills, keeps, sells or consume protected animal is 1-year imprisonment and fine RM10,000; while in the case of sea-turtle which is totally protected wildlife in Sarawak, the maximum fine is RM50,000 and five years’ jail.
CEO of SFCSB Haji Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said, “The state government has allocated RM70 million for SARAWAK FORESTRY to deploy reef balls along the state shoreline to conserve and protect the marine life especially the sea-turtles. Other than that, we are also promoting sea-turtle adoption and conservation programme to the public as part of our efforts.
In a separate case, our enforcement officers from Kuching Regional Office have also seized 17 packs of wild boar meat at Market Bandar Riyal Kota Samarahan and detained a 62-year old suspect.
According to Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998, commercial sale of bearded pigs is strictly prohibited. The seller can be fined up to RM5,000 while the buyer can be fined up to RM2,000. If you have more than five kilograms in your possession, you will be deemed having the intent to sell it. Thus, you can also be charged up to RM5,000.
CEO added, SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SFC) has conducted relentless operations throughout the state and have once again proven successful in the campaign against illegal wildlife trade. However, we will continue to address illegal wildlife trade and crime to protect and conserve flora and fauna in Sarawak. We are serious in combating and eradicating the illegal wildlife trade and its supply chain.
Members of the public with information on wildlife trade are encouraged to report through SARAWAK FORESTRY’s hotlines in Kuching (019-8859996, 016-8565564), Sibu (013-8110150, 019-8883561), Bintulu (019-8223449, 019-8332737), or Miri (019-8224566, 019-8290994).