KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government is all for the suggestion to amend existing rules and laws with regards to wildlife protection, as proposed by Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.
Xavier's suggestion for the amendment similar to Putrajaya's efforts in amending the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 came after the latest death of an adult pygmy elephant, with its tusks missing in the Beluran district last weekend.
Xavier said this to reporters at the Parliament lobby on Monday (Oct 21).
According to him, the proposed amendments are expected to be tabled in Parliament on the first meeting next year.
Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Christina Liew (pic) said streamlining penalties for offences against wildlife could help reduce and prevent wildlife killings and poaching.
"However, we will wait for the amendments to the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 before making changes to the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997," she said when contacted on Tuesday (Oct 22).
She said the existing penalties in Sabah are quite low and minor, compared with other states in Malaysia.
Liew said the government, together with wildlife officials and other security agencies, have not given up hope on fighting crime against wildlife and the environment.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the elephant death in Beluran.
The elephant had several gunshot injuries, compared with over 70 bullet wounds found on an adult male pygmy in east coast Tawau district on Sept 25.
However, investigators are still trying to ascertain the exact cause of death on this latest incident, as the bullet wounds found on the carcass did not seem fatal.
A plantation guard has been brought in to facilitate in this case.