Customs officers visit home of plantation owner

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 15 Jan 2003

SUNGAI PETANI: Customs and Excise Department officers inspected the house of oil palm plantation owner Zaitun Arshad in Taman Chempaka 2, Bukit Selambau where he had kept his “pet” tiger. 

Zaitun and “Charlie” went missing after news of him rearing the 18-month-old tiger was published in the newspapers. Wildlife and National Parks Department officers have been searching for them the past four days. 

The Customs officers, however, found Zaitun’s house empty. 

State Customs director Khairudin Ismail said the department wanted information about the tiger from Zaitun. 

“We want to know from which entry point the animal was brought in, if it was brought in through any of the border checkpoints. 

“So far, we do not have any records of the tiger being brought through Malaysian-Thai border checkpoints in Kedah. 

“My department will not allow protected species to enter the country without a permit from the Wildlife and National Parks,” he said. 

Zaitun, 50, had caught the 200kg tiger with a trap two weeks ago and had kept it in his house. 

He claimed that he had applied for a permit from the State Wildlife and National Parks but the department denied receiving any application from him. 

It is an offence under Section 64A of the Wildlife Protection Act to rear, hunt or kill tigers.  

Wildlife Department officers have intensified their checks throughout the state, including the Malaysian-Thai border in Kedah.  

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