KUALA LUMPUR: The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry has appointed 600 Armed Forces veterans and Orang Asli as wildlife rangers as of June this year, says Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.
He said they were appointed under the Biodiversity Protection and Patrolling Programme to increase the number of wildlife rangers.
“Rangers are frontliners. They act as the first line of defence against encroachment to protect biodiversity. “The government would continue to recognise the role of rangers for their sacrifices in protecting the country’s wealth and natural treasures,” he said in a statement in conjunction with World Ranger Day 2021 yesterday.
The minister added that wildlife rangers in the country served in various federal and state government agencies and there were even volunteers under various non-governmental organisations who also played a similar role.
Expressing his appreciation to rangers across the country, Shamsul Anuar said the government was grateful to them for their commitment in carrying out their duties even when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country.
“The task of protecting wildlife, natural habitats, dealing with human and wildlife conflicts, managing protected areas, as well as enforcement, had been carried out with full dedication,” he said.