Xavier lauds court’s ruling against poachers

Xavier lauds court’s ruling against poachers

PUCHONG: The Kuala Terengganu Sessions Court’s decision to fine RM1.56 million each on two Vietnamese poachers was the highest amount so far for wildlife crimes in the country’s history.

Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar welcomed the ruling, saying the court’s decision, which also sentenced both the poachers to a two-year prison term, opened new hope in the ministry’s efforts in combating crime against wildlife, especially endangered animals.

“Poachers are traitors to the country and we have no place for them in Malaysia,” he said in a statement.

Xavier said his ministry will continue to intensify efforts to combat wildlife crimes and elements that bring destruction to wildlife and natural resources in Malaysia.

He hoped the punishment of the two Vietnamese would be a deterrent to those who had malicious intentions to destroy wildlife for their own selfish gains.

Both poachers pleaded guilty to 20 charges under four sections of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 for possession of traps and protected wildlife.

They were detained during the “Ops Belang” exercise in Taman Negara, Terengganu on April 15.

–BERNAMA

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