JOHOR BARU: Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has expressed his disgust over the rampant poaching in the state’s jungle and ordered the authorities to investigate and prepare a full report on the activity.
His Majesty said even though he had raised the issue of poaching many times before, he was disappointed that no action had been taken.
Sultan Ibrahim also received information and several pictures of large scale poaching that was carried out on Saturday night.
“How could this happen? I want the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) as well as the police to carry out investigation and prepare a full report about the incident.
“All these hunters are believed to own a self-made shotgun, ” His Majesty said in a statement posted on Sultan Ibrahim’s official Facebook yesterday.
Sultan Ibrahim also ordered that the mastermind behind the poaching activities be brought to justice.
“Based on early information, among the locations for poachers were at Endau-Rompin, Mersing and Kahang where animals such as deer and hedgehogs, are being hunted down on a large scale to be sold for traditional medicine.
“I want the authorities to investigate whether the weapons used have licence, ” added His Majesty.
Sultan Ibrahim stressed that hunting was not allowed in Johor, except to control wild animals at farms or agricultural areas.
“I want the police to carry an audit on firearms licence ownership in the state, including individuals, companies and farm owners.
“How can there be so many people who own a shotgun? Obviously, it is for hunting.
“I also want an investigation to identify if there is any ‘insider’ involvement in Perhilitan and police in these illegal activities, ” added His Majesty.
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