KUANTAN: A special team has been set up to protect wildlife in Pahang, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.
He said the team, to be called Pahang Forest Ranger or Pahang Wildlife Patrol Unit, has a role of monitoring and carrying out enforcement under the Wildlife Conservation Act.
"This unit is under the patronage of His Royal Highness, Regent of Pahang,” he said in a statement on Saturday (June 11).
Tengku Mahkota Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah pledged on Friday (June 10) that he would do his best to help bring the Malayan tiger back from the brink of extinction.
The Regent called on the Pahang government to commit to fully implementing urgent actions to conserve the Malayan tiger.
Wan Rosdy said the State together with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) had established the National Tiger Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah, Lanchang, to ensure that the habitats of all tiger species in Pahang and the country continue to be protected from any activities which violates the law, in particular hunting and forest exploration.
“To protect biodiversity resources and conserve the environment in Pahang, the government had also established the Pahang State Parks Corporation and the Pahang State Biodiversity Council.
"The Pahang State Parks Corporation serves as an advisor to the state authorities on matters relating to general policy on the conservation, use, control and management as well as development of the environment, resources and biodiversity of Pahang state parks.
"The Pahang State Biodiversity Council meanwhile acts as an advisor to the government on matters of protecting the environment and biodiversity resources, policies related to biotechnology as well as protecting the state's intellectual properties involving aspects of flora and fauna," he said.
Wan Rosdy said all the initiatives were to uphold the Regent's decree that every development project in Pahang must be implemented sustainably based on the concept of environment, social and governance as called for by the United Nations.
"The Pahang government and I will do our best to ensure that the habitat of flora and fauna, including the Malayan tiger species in the state will continue to be protected," he said.