Turtle Egg Seller Offline For Three Years

KOTA KINABALU: A youth who wildlife officials said had been flogging the eggs of the endangered turtles through social media platforms will be offline for quite a while.

Alsirad Samad, 21, who pleaded guilty to having 20 turtle eggs without a permit at the time of his arrest was handed a year’s jail sentence and fined RM200,000 in default two years’ imprisonment.

After the court proceedings it was learnt that he could not raise the fine, meaning he would be spending three years in prison for his crime.

Sessions Judge Elsie Primus earlier handed the punishment to Alsirad after he pleaded guilty to having Green Turtle eggs (Chelonia Mydas) which are protected under the Wildlife Preservation Enactment 1997.

He committed the offence at 11.15am on June 26 this year inside his car parked behind the Servay Hypermarket in Putatan.

The offence under Section 41(1) of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 provides for a fine of between RM50,000, and RM250,000 or a jail term of between a year and five years, or both, on conviction.

A team of enforcement officers from the Wildlife Department had inspected Alsirad’s car after receiving information about the turtle eggs.

They found the 20 turtle eggs inside Alsirad’s car.

Following his arrest Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga had said the local man had been actively promoting turtle eggs on social media.

His arrest followed public complaints on WhatsApp, Facebook and the e-Complaint platform, he added.