Melaka agriculture, agro-based, entrepreneur development and cooperative committee chairman Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee said the National Park and Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) would be asked to investigate the allegation.
“At this moment, we don’t have many details on the number of animals that have apparently died until Perhilitan furnishes me with the details.
“We also need to check whether the deaths were reported to Perhilitan,” he said yesterday.
Norhizam said he would also look into claims that the animals in the park looked scrawny due to malnourishment.
He said based on the information he received, two Sun Bears and a Malayan Tiger had died from starvation during the movement control order (MCO) in June.
“However, it’s still premature to conclude on the cause of death until a thorough finding is completed.
“We need to know whether the caretakers had not been allowed to enter the site during MCO to feed the animals or if they had neglected their duties,” he said.
Norhizam said the state was willing to launch a fund should financial constraint turn out to be one of the reasons why the animals had died.
He also brushed aside claims that the park would cover up the actual number of animals that had died during the investigation.
“Perhilitan will have the figures as permits are needed to keep the wild animals.
“It’s more crucial now to determine whether the animals had died of starvation or due to another reason,” Norhizam said.
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