Men caught attempting to sell clouded leopard on FB
By Jude Toyat
MIRI: Two Bruneians have been remanded here since Friday (Oct 14) to assist investigations into the illegal selling of a clouded leopard.
The case of the totally protected animal, known scientifically as Neofelis nebulosa, was handed over to the Forest Department Sarawak (FDS) for further action.
The two suspects were attempting to sell the clouded leopard through social media when they were discovered by an undercover FDS enforcement officer.
“The clouded leopard is still alive. It is believed that the clouded leopard had originated in Brunei and brought to Sarawak to be put up for sale at a price of RM20, 000,” said an enforcement officer from FDS.
He added that the duo will be brought to court for attempting to sell a totally protected animal.
If found guilty, they will be fined RM25,000 and sentenced to a jail term up to two years under Section 29 (c) of the Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998.
He revealed that two other men were also being investigated in separate cases involving the illegal hunting and killing of clouded leopards in the Sarawak interior.
“The case was also found on social media and FDS is currently in the midst of investigating and locating the men’s whereabouts,” he added.
In a separate case, four Indonesians have been convicted by the court on Friday for being in possession of 10 White-rumped Shama birds or burung murai batu and two Hill Mynah birds (Gracula religiosa) in Marudi.
According to the FDS enforcement officer, both species are protected under the Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998.
“The Indonesians were found guilty and were sentenced eight years of jail for the offence committed. The prosecution was done by the Forest Department Sarawak,” he said.