KUCHING, 25 SEPTEMBER 2019 – SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SFC) enforcement team rescued the sun bear that kept at Demak Laut housing estate this afternoon, following public tip-off and also the viraled images on social media.
In a statement today, SFC informed that an inspection was carried out at the owner’s premise, although licence to keep the sun bear has been issued by Controller of Wild Life, Forest Department Sarawak (FDS), the owner has violated certain terms and conditions of the licence.
SFC Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) was quickly dispatched to ‘rescue’ the sun bear. The rescued bear was immediately sent to the Matang Wildlife Centre for medical examination and eventual rehabilitation.
Sun bear is protected under Sarawak’s Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998, whereby killing, keeping, selling, buying the animal or its derivatives are prohibited by the law and if found guilty, the perpetrator can be jailed for one year and fined RM10,000. Licence can be applied but applicants must comply with the licence terms and conditions.
In view of this, CEO of SFCSB, Zolkipli Mohamad Aton reminded anyone keeping any totally protected or protected animal illegally must surrender it to the authority before action is taken against them. He further expressed his hope that those keeping protected animals under licence to willingly surrender them to SFC before they become a problem.
SFC also extended its gratitude to members of the public who have assisted authorities in curtailing illegal wildlife trading as well as illegal logging in Sarawak. Those with information on similar illegal activities are urged to call SFC hotlines at 016-8565564/019-8859996 (Kuching), 019-8883561 (Sibu), 019-8223449/019-8332737 (Bintulu) and 019-8290994/018-9799778 (Miri).