KUCHING: The General Operations Force (GOF) personnel raided a house in Kampung Pandan, Lundu yesterday and seized 2,493 pieces of coral valued at RM2.49 million.
The GOF 11th Battalion detained a man to facilitate investigations into the seizure of the corals believed to be exported to Singapore and United Kingdom in the 11 pm raid which was carried out by nine GOF personnel and two officers from the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC).
Its commanding officer Supt Rosdi Inai said the corals were believed to have been collected from waters off Sarawak especially in Tanjung Datu, Lundu and Sematan.
“The man was detained for failing to produce any valid permit or licence to keep the corals which are protected under the Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1988.
“The corals were found inside several ponds at his house compound,” he told a press conference here today.
The case is being investigated under Sections 29 (2) of the ordinance which carries a fine of up to RM10,000 or one year jail.