KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is considering using technology to track down poachers hunting Sabah's endangered wildlife, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
“There is technology now that can enable us locate where poachers are and who they are, ” he said when commenting on the second jumbo killing in Sabah's east coast within three weeks.
Shafie said the state government took such incidents seriously.
The latest death in Beluran district came to light on Saturday (Oct 19) when plantation workers found a decomposing elephant with its tusks removed in a plantation.
On Sunday (Oct 20) police and wildlife rangers detained a security guard at an oil palm plantation to assist in their investigations.
The elephant was about 27-years-old and was found with about five gunshot wounds.
Speaking to reporters after meeting with International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darrel Leiking here, Shafie said that plantations or farmers are not licensed to kill elephants or any wildlife that encroached on their plantations or farms as the wild animals are foraging for food.
“They have to call wildlife rangers in such situations. They are not licensed to kill, ” he said, adding that such incidents were of concern to the state government.
He added what happened also affected the palm oil industry as they are being used as a reason to not buy the commodity from Malaysia.
Shafie added that he is confident that local and foreign non-governmental organisations that have been here for a long time will continue to assist the state government in its various efforts to protect Sabah’s wildlife.