KOTA KINABALU : On the 3rd of January 2019, about 11 am, acting on a tip from public, a team of four Sabah Wildlife Department Enforcement personnel was despatched to track and inspect a grey Proton-Persona near petrol station at Kota Belud town.
Upon inspection, the team found a live pangolin in the back bonnet of the sedan car.
A 20-year-old local man from Kota Belud who was also the driver of the vehicle was arrested for further investigation.
The pangolin and car were also seized by the Sabah Wildlife Department.
Pangolin is one of the animals 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 RM 50,000 but not exceeding RM250,000 and imprisonment of not less than one year but not exceeding 5 years.
Director of the Sabah Wildlife Department, Mr Augustine Tuuga thanked the public for their help in providing the information leading to the arrest.
He also stressed that any selling or offering of protected wildlife through social media such as WhatsApp and Facebook are widespread and active but the department will constantly monitor these activity.
The department strives to do the best possible even though the department has very limited capacity.