Flying fox meat confiscated from vendor in Betong
BETONG: Following a tip-off from the public on April 15, Sarawak Forest Department (SFD) enforcement officers from the Preventive and Enforcement Branch confiscated 20 packets of the bats raw meat and five live bats from a local smoke house along Simpang Spaoh.
The vendor was investigated and statements taken for further action.
Known locally as ‘semawa’, it was also discovered that the bats were being sold at prices ranging between RM18 to RM25 each. Besides selling its raw meat, it was also being offered as a food delicacy to the public.
Under the Wild Life Protection Ordinance 1998, Section 29 (2) in possession of any protected animals without a license issued under this Ordinance is liable to imprisonment for 1 year and a fine of RM10, 000.