KUCHING, 14 JANUARY 2020 – Following the giant python video’s viral spread on social media on January 8, SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SFC) officers were immediately dispatched to Lingga for investigation, resulting in the discovery of 5.5 metre dead male python and questioned the 9 individuals highlighted from the video.
During the investigation from January 8 to 12, SFC officers had searched for the owner who posted the video. After that, it took 4 hours from Kuching to Lingga, 30 minutes by boat to the area and 3km on foot through a muddy forest to the location at Sg. Sekupang, Lingga, where the carcass was left behind. As the weather conditions were poor, by the time SFC reached there, the carcass was rotted and full of worms. They collected scales, fragments of skin, bones, and worms for analysis.
The case is being investigated under Section 29(2) of the Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998. Any person who hunts, kills, captures, sells, offers for sale or claims to be offering for sale, imports, exports, or is in possession of, any protected animal or any recognizable part or derivative thereof, or any nest thereof, except under and in accordance with the terms and conditions of a license issued under this Ordinance, shall be guilty of an offence. If found guilty, the perpetrator can be jailed for one year and fined RM10,000.
Assistant Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment YB Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh said, python is a protected species under Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998. Therefore, for safety reasons, it is not encouraged for the public to handle dangerous wildlife by themselves. The incident should be reported immediately to the authority and SFC hotlines are reachable at 0168565564/0198859996 (Kuching), 0198883561 (Sibu), 0198223449/0198332737 (Bintulu) and 0198290994/0189799778 (Miri).