Sabah To Decide How Many ‘Tigers’ Needed For Wildlife Duty

Omar, centre, speaks during a press conference, accompanied by Bukit Aman Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department director Datuk Azisman Alias, left, and PERKESO Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) John Riba Anak Marin.

By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: The number of personnel to be on duty under Tiger Platoon from the General Operations Force (PGA) has yet to be determined, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah.

He however said that the unit would soon be deployed in certain districts in Sabah to protect forest treasures especially the wildlife.

He stated that the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) special unit from PGA will assist the government and also enforcement agencies such as the Sabah Wildlife Department in combating suspects who plunder Sabah’s wildlife.

“The special unit will soon be deployed, but we have yet determine the numbers of the unit that will be deployed.

Omar, centre, together with Bukit Aman Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department director Datuk Azisman Alias, second left, PERKESO Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) John Riba Anak Marin, second right, and Tabung Haji Hotel Director Datin Hajah Nurlaila Haji Said, right, during the launch of the closing ceremony.

“We will have to look at the needs of some districts involved in this matter and hold discussions with agencies such as the Sabah Wildlife and Sabah Forestry Department to determine on the numbers of the Tiger Platoon Unit that needed to be deployed for this task,” he said during a press conference after officiating the Road Safety Awareness Campaign on Wednesday.

Earlier in the week Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said the special platoon would be mobilised to conduct patrols, track down suspects as well as carry out joint raids with enforcement officials.

The effort was welcomed by the Warisan-led government to assist in controlling and ensuring the safety of elephants and other wildlife in the state.

On Nov 3, another Borneo Pygmy elephant was found dead along the banks of Kinabatangan river. The elephant was found to have its feet mutilated.

The recent death would be the third in five weeks with the first incident of a horrendous killing of an elephant in Kalabakan late September.

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