Eleven people, including a foreign national, were arrested with wildlife worth RM4.96 million in eight raids conducted under Ops Bersepadu Khazanah from January 1 to last Thursday.
Bukit Aman police secretary Noorsiah Saaduddin said the attack was carried out to prevent illegal wildlife trade and poaching and theft from national forests. He said that one of these attacks was the Global Tiger Forum, an international organization created exclusively for the protection of tigers in the wild. “This follows the arrest of a man in Selangor and the seizure of 69 wild animals valued at RM1.2 million by the Wildlife Crime Squad and the Special Police Department,” he said. said in a statement today.
All cases are investigated under the Wildlife Protection Act 2010 and section 15(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63. Noorsiah said that last year, during the operation, a total of 23 cases and arrests amounting to RM2.68 million were recorded.
He said that these raids have helped to save various species of wild animals that are classified as protected species such as stone magpies, blue monkeys, stone cats, mountain mynas, eagles, jackals, iguanas and wild birds. He said that work done in the past year showed the work of transporting animals from the sea using fishing boats. This happened when two men, including a Vietnamese, were arrested in Kelantan. He said that after these arrests, 59 iron cages containing jackals and one cage with a white moon with breasts were seized.