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Bullets 'will lead to culprit'
Published on: Sunday, August 13, 2017

Penampang: Bullets found on the body of the pygmy elephant that was shot dead in a plantation near Malua Forest Reserve (pic) in Kinabatangan may lead authorities to its killer or killers.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Pang Yuk Ming said they hope to bring those responsible to justice soon as every bullet is traceable.

"No matter what, we want the killer or killers caught because here in Sabah we are totally against such act.

"We hope we can find those responsible," he said during the first Sabah Elephant Film Festival 2017, Saturday.

He said investigations were ongoing. Also present was State Wildlife Director Augustine Tuuga who said the killing might have been committed by poachers.

He said a team from the department was in the field to get information from plantation workers who claimed that poachers were responsible for the killing.

However, they could not identify the culprits.

Workers discovered the adult female pygmy elephant on Aug. 4 with multiple gunshot wounds.

She was still alive at the time of discovery but succumbed to her injuries when wildlife officers arrived at the scene.

On the seizure of pangolin scales worth RM100 million, Augustine said his department will prosecute the culprits if investigation proves any involvement of locals.

At the moment, investigators believe they were being transshipped to China. A 43-year-old Chinese man who is believed to be the owner of the containers carrying the items was called up last Friday to facilitate in the investigation.

Sabah Customs Department thwarted an attempt to smuggle RM8,000kg of pangolin scales in 226 gunny sacks from Sepanngar Port on July 29.

It was the biggest ever seizure by the department so far in Sabah. - Leonard Alaza

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