JOHOR BARU: Travelling in groups of 15 to 20 people and armed with parang, a group of thieves is brazenly stealing cows and goats from cattle farmers here.
Johor Dairy Cattle Farmers Cooperative Berhad chairman Dr A. Sashikannan said there had been more than 50 thefts reported in the past one year and it was causing distress among farmers.
“The thieves do not just randomly steal goats and cows, but they know how to select the best animals and will leave the rest behind,” he told a press conference organised by Pusat Aduan Rakyat Permas zone supervisor Syed Othman Syed Abdullah at Sungai Tiram here.
Dr Sashikannan said the group would send “scouts” to survey the area first and then return with more members and lorries to transport the cattle away.
“The group is also quite daring and has even tied up workers, threatened cattle farmers, attacked them with knives and killed watchdogs just to steal the animals,” he said, adding that it was frustrating for the 180 association members who regularly fell victim to the thieves.
He added that each cow cost about RM2,000 to RM3,000, goats about RM800 to RM1,000 and dairy cows about RM6,000.
“Altogether, these thieves have stolen about 500 goats and 100 cows from farms in Labis, Kluang, Johor Baru, Kota Tinggi and Plentong, and they are continuing with their activity even now,” he said, adding that multiple reports had been lodged on the matter.
He said the farmers believed that the thieves were well-versed in handling cattle.
“Cows and goats will not budge for anyone but the owner, who would know how to coax them and get them to move,” he said.
Syed Othman said he would bring up the matter with state police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Shariff next week.
“We hope to highlight this matter as it is causing major losses to the farmers and it is also a security issue as the thieves are attacking the farmers as well,” he said.
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