Sunday, July 28, 2019

Armed Support for Perhilitan

The Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador has rightly committed 500 police general operations force personnel to support the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) in tackling poachers. 

The GOF battalion committed to this arrangement is based in Senoi Praaq, Bidor, Perak – and another battalion is on standby. 

Abdul Hamid said the GOF are experts in tracking and are used to the forest’s surroundings. 

“The GOF battalion will assist Perhilitan personnel, who had always faced challenges in keeping the poachers out, while their lives are also threatened by the poachers”. 

This is one commendable initiative to tackle the rampant encroachment by poachers trespassing our national/state parks, e.g., Taman Negara, Royal Belum rainforest and Endau Rompin National Park. 

It’s good to know our IGP is putting well-trained resources to good use. God knows, Perhilitan will need all the manpower they can muster to win the war to protect our endangered wildlife. 

Apart from this joint action force, Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister, Dr Xavier Jayakumar reportedly said his ministry plans to propose amendments to the Wildlife Conservation Act to double the fines and jail terms related to wildlife offences. 

The above is long overdue – but I guess, it's better late than never.

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