KUALA LUMPUR: Poachers will face harsher punishment, such as mandatory jail sentence, whipping and heavier fines, under proposed changes to the Wildlife Protection Act. 1972.
Natural Resources and Environment Ministry parlia- mentary secretary Sazmi Miah said new laws were needed as the existing Act was more than 30 years.
He said the Government was waiting for more feedback from non-governmental organisations on the draft of the amended Act before tabling it at the next Parlia- ment session.
“Most illegal poachers are from neighbouring countries and it (poaching) is getting more serious,” he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
“The existing Act is not good enough,” he said, citing the recent case of the discovery of the tiger that was killed and cut into parts.
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