Compiled by CHOW HOW BAN, RAHIMY RAHIM and R. ARAVINTHAN
NEGRI Sembilan recorded the highest number of cases of restaurants serving illegal exotic endangered wildlife dishes, Kosmo! reported.
The matter was exposed after the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) and the police found restaurant owners working with poachers to prepare exotic dishes for customers.
During Ops Khazanah in Negri Sembilan and Johor, the authorities seized various types of meat believed to be from endangered animals such as wild boar, heron, red junglefowl and Asian water monitor lizard.
Perhilitan director-general Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim said most of the restaurants served wild boar and water monitor lizard dishes.
“Based on our records, Negri Sembilan has the highest numbers of restaurants that serve these dishes illegally followed by Johor, Melaka, Selangor and Perak, ” he said in an interview with the daily.
Abdul Kadir said 10 restaurant owners, aged between 40 and 60, were detained during the raid.
> Actor Shaheizy Sam is undergoing a two-week quarantine at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur after returning from Sabah where he had attended family matters, reported BH Hip, the entertainment pullout of Berita Harian.
As he has to adhere to strict quarantine rules, Shaheizy was forced to postpone the launch of his latest traditional herbal product.
“Although I am upset as I have to postpone the event, the safety of my guests is my top priority, ” he said.
Shaheizy’s wife Syatilla Melvin said they decided to promote their product on Instagram.
“Although my husband is under quarantine, it will not stop us from sharing some info about our business. We even gave our customers some special gifts, ” she said.
> Police have discovered Macau scam “training schools” in Kedah and Johor that provide special classes to recruit members as bogus government officers, Harian Metro reported.
During training recruits were taught how to communicate, extract information and scare victims.
“Based on our investigations, some of the members were duped into thinking they were hired for legitimate jobs here, ” said Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob said.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.