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Singer fined RM27,000 for keeping sun bear in apartment
Published on: Saturday, January 18, 2020
By: Bernama
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Kuala Lumpur: Former ‘Rockanova’ reality show participant, Zarith Sofia Mohd Yasin was fined RM27,000 by the Sessions Court here for keeping and confining a sun bear cub at her apartment in Desa Pandan in June last year.

Zarith Sofia, 28 was fined RM20,000, in lieu six months imprisonment, for the charge of keeping the sun bear (Helarctos Malayanus) and another RM7,000, in lieu four months in jail, for confining the animal.

Sessions Judge Hakim Manira Mohd Nor meted out the punishment after the accused changed her plea to guilty when the case was brought for remention.

In July last year, the singer had claimed trial to keeping a sun bear (Helarctos Malayanus) cub, a totally protected species under the Second Schedule of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010, without a special permit.

The charge framed under Section 69 (1) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 and punishable under Section 69 (1) of the same Act provides a fine of up to RM200,000 or imprisonment of up to 10 years or both upon conviction.– Bernama



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