Unlawful wildlife traders and poachers in Sarawak can count their days to ‘extinction’, as police throughout the state shall be figuring out and arresting these concerned from today.
“All 28 district police chiefs have ordered to comply with the latest directive from the inspector-general of police. Which states to cease the sale of exotic meat at unlawful eateries in Malaysia. ” Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail stated,
“The Sarawak police may also be working closely with the related authorities to carry out this job and put a cease to wildlife crime,” stated Aidi when asked today.
Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador informed a press conference after an ‘Ops Khazanah’ meeting in Sepang that the directive is a part of the police’s steady effort to preserve and defend Malaysia’s wildlife.
He additionally informed the reporters that every district police chiefs should submit an in depth report. They should inform any identified premises concerned with unlawful wildlife trade and exotic food to Bukit Aman by Sept 18.
Abdul Hamid additionally warned that they will take strict action against district police chiefs who’ve failed to determine these premises throughout the stipulated period.
When contacted, Padawan district police chief Supt Aidil Bolhasssan stated they are going to be actively on the ground to determine premises or areas which are concerned in the sale of exotic meat at unlawful eateries.
“We’ve acquired the directive and shall be on the bottom to examine. And see if there are any premises that are selling and buying it,” stated Aidil.
In Sarawak, the offence is punishable under the Wild Life Protection Ordinance 1998.
Kota Samarahan district police chief DSP Sudirman Kram when contacted, stated that his men are presently gathering intelligence and can monitor any alleged activity.
Moreover, under the Ordinance, any one who hunts, kills, sells, captures, provides for sale or claims to offer for sale, imports and exports, or in possession of any completely protected animal or any recognizable part or derivative or any nest thereof, shall be responsible of an offense.
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