SWD arrests a local man for possession of live pangolin in Kota Belud
Last Update: 04/01/2019
KOTA KINABALU, Jan 4 (Bernama) -- The Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) has arrested a 20-year-old local man for possession of a live pangolin during the department’s operation in Kota Belud, yesterday.
Its director Augustine Tuuga said the suspect, who is also a coconut seller from Kota Belud, was caught at about 11am with the animal in the back bonnet of the sedan car he was driving.
Tuuga said the suspect was believed to be offering and trying to sell endangered pangolin through the social media, and was arrested for further investigation.
“Yesterday, acting on a tip from the public, a team of four SWD enforcement personnel was tasked to track and inspect a grey Proton Persona near a petrol station in Kota Belud town.
“Upon inspection, the team found a live pangolin in the back bonnet of the sedan car... The pangolin and car were also seized by the enforcement team,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tuuga stressed that the selling or offering of protected wildlife through the social media such as WhatsApp and Facebook were widespread and active but the department would constantly monitor these activities.
He said pangolin was one of the species listed as a fully protected animal in Part I of Schedule I of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997.
Possession of any animal under this schedule without any valid permits from the Sabah Wildlife Department is an offence under section 41 (1) and punishable under section 41 (4) (a) of the same Enactment which is a fine of not less than RM50,000 but not exceeding RM250,000 and imprisonment of not less than one year but not exceeding five years, he said.