PETALING JAYA: A lack of enforcement officers to monitor poaching activities in the wild has caused the problem to persist.
Centre of Orang Asli Concerns coordinator Dr Colin Nicholas urged the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to consider engaging the orang asli to get them to feed information about poachers entering forest reserves.
“The issue is not about arming the enforcement officers but making the system more effective by getting the right information out and preventing poachers from even entering the area,” he said.
On Monday, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar told The Star that the authorities were looking into the possibility of arming enforcement officers with guns instead of just using parang as poachers were using guns which posed a danger to the officers.
Dr Colin said that the authorities should get the orang asli to be the eyes and the ears for information.
He said that the collaboration had been talked about since the 1990s especially on logging but it never materialised.
In fact, the orang asli had often informed the authorities when poachers with guns went into their areas to fish but often, no action was taken, he said.