SIBU, 3 MARCH 2020 – SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SFC), Royal Malaysian Customs Department Sibu, Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Sibu, Department of Veterinary Services Sibu (DVS) and Royal Malaysia Police Sibu (PDRM) have crippled out a bird nest smuggling activity at Sibu Airport.
Five (5) suspects comprise of four (4) locals and one (1) foreigner, between the age of 31 to 19 years, were caught red-handed. Upon inspection of the passengers’ baggage of the five suspects travelling to Kuala Lumpur, the team found 15 cartons and two bale of processed birds’ nests. The case is being investigated under Section 29(2) of the Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998. Anyone in possession of any protected animal or any recognizable part or derivative thereof, or any nest thereof, without a license issued under this Ordinance are liable to imprisonment for one year and a fine of RM10,000.
CEO of SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation, who is also the Controller of Wild Life, Zolkipli Mohamad Aton expressed his gratitude to all the agencies involved for their diligence which they have handled the joint operation.
“Close collaboration with different enforcement agencies undoubtedly boosts the effectiveness of our actions against poachers and smugglers.”
Members of the public can lodge a report with SFC if they find anyone hunting, capturing, killing, trading, keeping as pets, importing or exporting of protected wildlife. SFC hotlines at 0168565564/0198859996 (Kuching), 0198883561 (Sibu), 0198223449/0198332737 (Bintulu) and 0198290994/0189799778 (Miri).