Family of ex-assemblyman questioned over turtle eggs at reunion dinner

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Wildlife Department investigators have questioned family members linked to the ex-assemblyman involved in a Chinese New Year reunion dinner where turtle eggs were allegedly served.

When contacted, Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said that the investigation was in progress.

He said statements had been recorded but declined to say how many had been questioned in connection.

The issue arose after a Facebook post, by a family member, of the endangered animal's eggs being served at a reunion dinner last week.

The Facebook post was immediately taken down after social media users and conservationists demanded a full investigation.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin said he had ordered the department to carry out a full probe without fear or favour.

Jafry said that there was concern among investigators that they would not be able to get a conviction based on photographs as there was no hard evidence of the eggs.

Local turtle conservationist Alexander Yee had offered a RM10,000 reward for anyone who provided information that led to the arrests and conviction of those involved in serving the eggs at the reunion dinner.

The reunion dinner is believed to have taken place in Beluran, but it is not known if the ex-assemblymen was present at the dinner which involved some members of his immediate family.

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