Indonesian fined RM50.8 million, jailed for possessing pangolin scales

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MIRI: A 32 year-old Indonesian man was sentenced to one year imprisonment and fined RM50,850,000 in default six months jail for possessing 5,058 pangolin scales.

Sessions Court Judge Mohd Taufik Mohd @ Mohd Yusoff meted out the sentence after the accused Agus Tallasi pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was charged under Section 29(2) of the Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998 with possessing 4.95kg of pangolin scales in Niah, Miri on January 12, 2022 without any valid license or permission from the Controller of Wild Life.

The accused was also ordered to be referred to the Immigration Department for deportation after serving his sentence.

This is the second such case involving possession of endangered wildlife in Sarawak this year.

Last Friday, Justice Mohd Taufik sentenced a 44-year old Indonesian man to one year’s jail and fined him RM27,820,000 for possessing three live pangolins and 2.95kg of pangolin scales.

The accused was arrested in possession of the endangered species in Kuala Baram at 5.40pm on Jan 6 this year.

Meanwhile, the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 19), extended their gratitude to the public and the other enforcement agencies for their continuous support in battling wildlife crime in Sarawak.

Members of the public who have information on those capturing, hunting, trading, or keeping protected wildlife can call SFC hotlines at 019-8859996 (Kuching), 019-8883561 (Sibu), 019-8332737 (Bintulu), or 019-8290994 (Miri).

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