A 32-year-old man, believed to be from a group which sold endangered birds through social media, was arrested with 13 protected birds and a totally protected bird at a house in Kampung Sawa Kecil, Pendang in Kedah.
State Wildlife and National Parks Department director Mohamad Hafid Rohani said the birds seized were a dozen protected Tumeric Hummingbird (Burung Kelicap Kunyit), a Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot (Burung Serindit), and a totally protected Striped-throated Bulbul (Burung Merbah Luris Leher).
“A team raided the house at about 3pm on Monday and recovered the birds worth about RM30,000 following a tip-off. The man in the house was arrested and detained for four days to help in investigations.
“We are investigating the case as hunting protected wildlife without licence under Section 60 of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) which carries a maximum RM50,000 fine or a jail term of up to years, or both,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Mohamad Hafid said the man was the administrator of a Facebook page called Geng Jual Beli Burung Penduduk Kedah and identified himself as Abg Long Fadhil.
“The suspect and his accomplice carried out trapping activities in various places throughout Kedah and pictures of their catch would be uploaded onto the page to attract buyers.
“Interested buyers would message him and after a price had been agreed upon, he would meet up with them to hand over the birds,” he added.
Mohamad Hafid said Kedahans did not seem to be afraid of the heavy fine and jail term under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) even though it was being strictly enforced by the department.
On June 1, the department also seizedtwo protected birds and seven totally protected birds with the arrest of a 22-year-old motorcycle workshop mechanic inJitra.
The protected birds seized were a White-rumped Shama and Little Green Pigeon while the seven totally protected birds were a Black-shouldered Kite, a Blue-winged Leafbird, a Striped-throated Bulbul, a Slaty-breasted Rail and three Watercock.