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RM550,000 poorer for keeping unusual pets

KAJANG: A senior engineer, whose hobby is collecting endangered and protected wildlife, including a tigress and a crocodile, has been jailed four months and fined RM550,000.

Sessions Court judge Noridah Adam handed down the sentence on Mohd Taha Abd Wahab, 51, after he maintained his guilty plea on nine counts of possessing protected wildlife species.

According to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan), the fine was by far the highest amount ever recorded.

On the first charge of being in possession of an endangered tigress, the court sentenced him to four months in prison and a fine of RM300,000, and ordered him to serve the prison sentence from the date of his arrest on Oct 19, 2016.

For keeping a leopard cat, he was fined RM80,000, while for the third and fourth counts of keeping a red eagle and a mountain raven, he was fined RM50,000 and RM30,000.

He was also fined RM30,000 for having two white-crowned Shama birds.

For the sixth to the ninth count of keeping a Schneider’s Dwarf Caiman crocodile, a mousedeer, a “Tiong Mas” bird and a white-rumped Shama, Mohd Taha was fined RM15,000 for each count.

The father of four settled the fines. — Bernama

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