Joint operation stops wildlife smuggling attempt, 1,060 rare birds rescued


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 07 Jan 2020

MIRI: An attempt to smuggle 1,060 rare birds from Sarawak into Kalimantan at the Tebedu border in southern Sarawak was successfully stopped in a raid on Monday (Jan 6).

A 39-year-old Indonesian man was arrested in the raid by the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), the General Operations Force and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

SFC general manager Oswald Braken Tisen said Tuesday (Jan 7) that the raid was carried out at an illegal border crossing at the Tebedu boundary.

"The joint raid by the agencies resulted in our teams successfully stopping a bird-smuggling attempt. Some 1,060 rare birds that had been confined in trays were rescued, including Burung Murai Kampung and Burung Murai Batu.

"The 39-year-old Indonesian man was arrested for trying to smuggle the birds across the border to Kalimantan," he said in an email.

Braken said the successful raid was the result of good information from the public and the close cooperation of all the agencies involved.

He warned that the authorities are very serious in wanting to stop the hunting, capturing, selling, buying, killing, abuse and possession of wildlife in the state.

Anyone with information on such cases can contact the SFC hotlines in the various districts.

The SFC hotlines are - Kuching (016-856 5564/ 019-885 9996), Sibu (019-888 3561), Bintulu (019-822 3449/ 019-833 2737), and Miri (019-829 0994/ 018-979 9778).


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