KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) arrested 82 suspected illegal hunters and destroyed 460 animal traps in
an operation last year, says Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim.
The Perhilitan director-general said that 33 of those arrested were Malaysians, adding that 14 were Chinese nationals and 12 were Cambodians.
He also said that six Myanmar nationals and six Bangladeshis were detained along with four Vietnamese, four Indonesians and three Thais.
Abdul Kadir said that all were investigated for various offences under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010, the National Forestry Act 1984, the Arms Act and the Johor National Park Corporation Enactment 1980.
"Ten cases have been brought to court, with five of them been disposed of involving a total fine of RM150,000 and seizures valued at RM2.7 million," he told a press conference here on Wednesday (Jan 15).
Abdul Kadir said the department would continue to conduct similar operations this year to curb environmental crimes in Peninsular Malaysia.
He warned those without permits to stop their illegal hunting activities as they would face legal action if caught.
"It is hoped that the public will continue to give their support and assistance by becoming the eyes and ears of the Wildlife Department and the police in an effort to prevent the country's treasures from becoming extinct.
"All information can be channeled to the Wildlife Hotline at 1-800-88-5151 or as an e-complaint through the website www.wildlife.gov.my," he added. - Bernama
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