Shafie: Stiffer penalty needed against elephant killers

Shafie: Stiffer penalty needed against elephant killers

KOTA KINABALU: Irked by another elephant killing, Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has called for a heavier penalty to be imposed on any individual or party found guilty of killing elephants in the state.

He said the heavy penalty would be a reminder to anyone not to take action against elephants which enter their areas and destroy their crops.

“I have said before that nobody has the licence to kill wildlife which enter their areas.

“What the land owner must do is work closely with the authorities, the Wildlife Department, tackle the problem…this is a serious issue and must be immediately resolved,” he said.

Shafie was speaking to reporters after attending the Industry Coordination Joint Committee (JBI) between the International Trade and Industry Ministry and the Sabah State Government today.

The body of a male pygmy elephant, believed to be dead for five days, was found in the Labuk IOI Plantation on Saturday morning with gunshot wounds and without its tusks.

This is the second case after the body of a pygmy elephant was found in Sungai Udin Dumpas, Kalabakan, Tawau, on Sept 25 with gunshot wounds. Six people have been detained to help in the investigations into this case.