SIBU: Quick action by MAB Kargo officers stopped five baby crocodiles from being shipped out of Sibu Airport in contravention of Sarawak wildlife laws.
The live crocs had been placed in two white boxes and were to be sent to a consignee in Kuala Lumpur using a courier service.
When contacted on Saturday (Jan 12), a manager of the courier company in Sibu said the seizure of the baby crocs happened on Jan 2.
"The MAHB's cargo unit rejected the two boxes and told us to take it back," he said.
The manager, who declined to be named, said they tried to contact the sender of the parcel to no avail.
"We believe the sender's particulars, including his name, address and contact number, are false," he said.
The manager recalled that on Jan 2, a man came to his office with two boxes that he wanted to send to Kuala Lumpur.
The sender labeled the contents as frozen fish in an effort to dupe the authorities.
After retrieving the boxes from the aiport and discovering the baby crocodiles, the manager contacted the Sarawak Forestry Corporation office here at 10am on Friday (Jan 11) for help.
Three forestry officers visited the courier company to take posession of the reptiles and later lodged a police report.
Sibu OCPD Assistant Commissioner Stanley Jonathan Ringgit confirmed that a police report had been filed.
Meanwhile, Sarawak Forestry Corporation deputy general manager (protected areas, biodiversity and conservation) Oswald Braken Tisen said they would issue a press statement soon.
Crocodiles are an endangered species listed under Sarawak Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998.
Individuals are not allowed to keep them as pets, hunt, capture, kill, sell, import or export them, or possess any recognisable part of these animals without the written permission of the Controller of Wild Life.
The penalty for a breach of the ordinance is a fine of up to RM25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to two years.