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LAST_UPDATEFri, 22 Sep 2017 4pm

Refer To Perhilitan On Wildlife Activities - D-G

Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim.Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim.

KUALA LUMPUR - The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has reminded the people to refer to the department on the need to obtain licence, permit and special permit pertaining to activities involving wildlife.

Peninsular Malaysia Wildlife director-general Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim said those interested in carrying out activities related to wildlife should comply with the relevant laws.

"Those who are still keeping or in illegal possession of wildlife or without valid documents from the Wildlife Department are advised to surrender or cooperate (with the authorities) before enforcement action is taken," he said in a statement here today.

In this regard, he was referring to the prosecution of two individuals in Pahang who were caught for keeping the head and parts of a serow when inspected by Perhilitan enforcement officers at the Tekai Forest Reserve in Tembeling on March 27.

Abdul Kadir said the duo were charged on two counts each under Section 68(2) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) for keeping parts of a fully protected species without a special permit.

"The court had fined them RM300,000 or six months' jail each, in default two years jail for each of the offence.

"They failed to pay the fine and were sent to the Bentong Prison in Pahang. The punishment is the heftiest ever recorded under Act 716 by the department," he added.

In this regard, he hoped the people would continue to give their support by becoming the eyes and ears of Perhilitan by channelling information in the effort to protect the country's wildlife from becoming extinct.

Those with information can call the Perhilitan hotline at 1-800-88 5151 (Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm) or lodge complaints via its website at www.wildlife.gov.my.

-- BERNAMA