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December 29, 2010
By M. SHAMINEE
PETALING JAYA: The Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 has been fully enforced in the peninsula and Labuan as of yesterday.
The Act, which was passed by Parliament in August, has a wider scope and jurisdiction in the protection of more wildlife species and activities related to wildlife.
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) said in a statement yesterday that with the Act fully enforced, it would have better control on all wildlife species, wildlife derivatives, hybrid species and invasive alien species.
Perhilitan, it said, would also have the jurisdiction to address issues on wild animal welfare and cruelty.
“The new law will be more deterrent and provides stringent penalties and punishment for poaching and other wildlife crimes,” it said.
The new penalties include fines of up to RM500,000 with jail term of not more than five years while the minimum penalty imposed for several offences is not less than RM5,000.
The new Act also provides mandatory jail sentence for a term not exceeding five years and a fine not less than RM100,000 and not more than RM500,000 for offences involving protected wildlife such as tigers, rhinoceros, serow (a type of goat), gaur (seladang), leopard, clouded leopard and false gharial (a type of freshwater crocodile).
It also provides for the director-general of Perhilitan to appoint any public officer to exercise the powers of enforcement.
The Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) can be viewed at www.wildlife.gov.my.