Six arrested for illegal possession of swiftlet nest

Sarawak Forestry Corporation officers with the swiftlet nests in a house in Sibu where the unlicensed business is based.

SIX people including three women have been arrested in Sibu, Sarawak, for possession of 44.945kg of swiftlet nest worth RM134,895.

Region 5 marine police chief Asst Comm Zulfikar Mohd Ghazali, said the six suspects were detained as they did not have the permit or licence from Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) to operate a swiftlet nest business.

He said that acting on a tip-off, two marine police officers and 10 from SFC had on Sept 18 conducted a surprise raid as part of Ops Khazanah on a house in Jalan Blacksmith.

“The operation was carried out under the Wildlife Protection Act 1988,” he said.

A man and three women, all locals, aged between 28 and 41 were arrested. Their arrest led the team to a house in Permai Barat that was used for the processing of bird’s nest.

“Two men, aged 33 and 59, were apprehended as they do not have the licence to operate the business.

The suspects, he said, were alleged to have committed the offence under the Wildlife Protection Act 1988.

ACP Zulfikar said intra-agency operations with Sarawak Forestry Corporation were constantly carried out to enforce the law. — By ANDY CHUA

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