PETALING JAYA: Two Thai wildlife poachers were detained in the Royal Belum State Park in Perak following the "Ops Bersepadu Khazanah (OBK)", says Dr Xavier Jayakumar.
The Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister said the two were detained by a special team comprising Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) and police's General Operations Force (GOF) personnel on Sept 10.
"A total of 15 units of hedgehog spines, two animal fangs, two turtles, a part of a fox as well as various traps were discovered.
"We also seized two machetes, two axes, two hoes, a weighing machine and 6.1kg of Gaharu wood," he said in a statement on Saturday (Sept 14).
The case has been classified under Section 29 of the Wildlife Protection Act 2010, which carries a fine of not more than RM100,000 or not more than three years imprisonment or both upon conviction, and Section 60 of the same act, which carries a fine of not more than RM50,000 and up to two years imprisonment or both upon conviction, he added.
The arrests of the two poachers marked the first success of the joint operation team between the ministry and police, Xavier said.
"The ministry is grateful for the cooperation shown by the police force, especially the Inspector-General of police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, in implementing various initiatives under OBK to protect the country's flora and fauna," he said.
Xavier also warned that stern action will be taken against any individual who conducts poaching or trespassing.
"We hope the public will continue to give their support and assistance by being the eyes and ears of the joint operation team under the OBK.
"They can do so by supplying vital information for the team to act upon," he said.
Those with information can contact the Perhilitan hotline at 1-800-88-5151 or use the "e-aduan" system at www.wildlife.gov.my.
The OBK was launched by the IGP at the GOF base in Bidor on Sept 3, aimed at curbing illegal hunting and poaching as well as smuggling of wildlife.
The special operation consists of Perhilitan personnel along with the Senoi Praaq Team (Battalion 3) and the GOF from Battalion 18.
The Senoi Praaq battalion comprises Orang Asli officers who are highly skilled at tracking in the forest.