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Suspected wildlife poacher held in Keningau, parts seized
Published on: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Wildlife rangers of the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) have arrested and detained a rubber tapper suspected of being a wildlife poacher for investigation in Keningau.

SWD Director Augustine Tuuga said the arrest of Rojer Raimon, 48, from Ranau, was made at 1am on Friday at the workers' quarters at a timber camp.

"Animal parts believed to be sun bear paws, animal skin suspected from a bear, feathers from the Argus Pheasant and a tail from the civet cat were seized," he said, adding a motorcycle was been confiscated.

A police report was lodged at the Keningau police station by the department the same day.

Tuuga said Rojer is deemed to have committed an offence and will be charged under Section 41(1) and 41(2) of the Sabah Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997.

"Acting on a public tip-off, our department in Keningau despatched a team of five wildlife rangers to the suspect's quarters. They were assisted by the Head of the Honorary Wildlife Warden Team and eight other honorary wardens.

An Investigating Officer from the department's headquarters was deployed to Keningau for further investigation.

"Upon conviction, a culprit is liable to a minimum fine of RM50,000 or maximum of RM250,000 and a minimum one-year jail sentence, not exceeding five years," he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister cum Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Christina Liew commended Tuuga and his staff for a job well done despite the difficulties and obstacles confronting them.

"Keep up the good effort. I hope more arrests of perpetrators will be made in the weeks or months ahead," she said. - Mary Chin


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