LUNDU, 4 NOVEMBER 2019 – Upon receipt of a tip-off and acting on information received from Pasukan Gerakan Am (PGA) regarding illegal possession of protected wildlife, SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SFC) in collaboration with The Marine Police and Immigration Department embarked a joint operation and rescued over 30 wildlife from a farm house in Telok Melano, Sematan.
According to a SFC statement, in this joint operation recently, the team rescued 10 species of animals (altogether 34 animals), including a slow loris which is totally protected animal; a porcupine, a bear cat, 6 Parakeet, a Hill Myna, and 4 White-rumped Shama which are protected species and other wild animals such as 2 Magpie Robin, a Zebra Dove, 13 Green pigeon and 4 spotted dove.
As the owner failed to produce related licence or permit from Controller of Wild Life, these animals will be sent to Matang Wildlife Centre for keeping before releasing them to the wild. Illegally keeping protected species can lead to 1-year imprisonment and fine RM10,000; while keeping totally protected wildlife in Sarawak can lead to the maximum fine RM50,000 and five years’ jail.
CEO of SFCSB Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said the success of the operation was made possible by the cooperation shown by the four agencies. This also indicated the positive result of SFC initiatives in creating awareness on illegal wildlife trade in Sarawak.
“This year, we have organised a series of workshops on illegal wildlife trade throughout Sarawak to enhance coordination and team work among relevant enforcement agencies. There will be more joint operations in time to come as part of the action plan agreed in the workshop.”
SFC hotlines at the various regions are reachable at 016-8565564/019-8859996 (Kuching), 019-8883561 (Sibu), 019-8223449/019-8332737 (Bintulu) and 019-8290994/018-9799778 (Miri).