Poachers in Malaysia face up to RM1mil fine under proposed amendments
05 Apr 2021

Wildlife traffickers in the country, especially poachers, will face fines of up to RM1mil once amendments to existing laws are passed and implemented by the government, said Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.

He said the government was in the final stages of amending the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) before being tabled to the Cabinet and subsequently in Parliament to curb wildlife trafficking in the country.

He said the amendment would improve the Act, including increasing the fine from RM500,000 currently for wildlife trafficking offences to a fine of RM1mil later.

“This proves that we are very serious about preserving the country’s treasures by improving existing laws to control encroachment, illegal logging and wildlife hunting.

“We have identified wildlife poaching (illegal wildlife crimes) often occurs through online sales and exporting that bring losses to the country,” he said in a press conference handing out letters of appointment to 201 Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) veterans and Orang Asli at the Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi Mara here Monday (April 5).

For the record, Act 716 applies to any offender including poachers who can be fined a maximum of RM500,000 or jailed not exceeding five years or both.

In August, Department of Wildlife and National Parks director-general Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim had proposed for the existing act to be amended as part of the government’s firm efforts to curb illegal hunting activities.

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