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PGA Tiger Platoon to help track down poachers in Sabah, Sarawak

0 month ago, 04-Nov-2019

Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador – Bernama file photo

TAWAU: The Tiger Platoon from the General Operations Force (PGA) in Sabah has been assigned to assist the relevant authorities in protecting the wildlife in the state.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said the special platoonwould be mobilised to conduct patrols,trackdown suspects as well as carry out joint raids with enforcement officials including the Wildlife Department and the Sabah Forestry Department.

This is not only forSabah, but also for Sarawak.I declare open war against these irresponsible parties. In Sabah, all thefive PGA battalions have been tasked with combating illegal hunting activities and the plundering of forest treasures.

We have seen success in Peninsular Malaysia with a series of arrests involving Cambodians, Thai nationals, Vietnamese and also locals after twoSenoi Praaq PGA battalions assisted the Forestry Departmentin fighting poachers,he said.

Abdul Hamid said this to reporters after presenting the IGP ters of Appreciation to 16 General Operations Force (PGA) officers and staff at the 14thPGA Battalion Camp here today.

In the meantime, Abdul Hamid said the policewouldwork hard to ensure that those caughtwere brought to justice.

We will follow up with the public prosecutor’s office to ensure that the perpetrators do not escape the law.

I will hunt them down, we won’t just stop at cases involving ordinary individuals, butif there is evidence of VVIPs involved byusing their position to infiltrate and steal (forest treasures) we will take the same action, I will make sure they will also betried and punished by law, he added.

The IGP said he would also convince the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the government to include mandatory whipping as a deterrent sentence againstillegal poaching and animal cruelty.

I believe there should be mandatory whipping of offenders, I hope this becomes a reality, he added. – Bernama

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