Indonesian man fined RM50.8 million for possession of over 5k pangolin scales

A portion of the pangolin scales which were recovered by the authorities.

KUCHING, Jan 19: A 32-year-old Indonesian was fined RM50.8 million in default six months imprisonment and one year jail for possessing 5,058 pangolin scales.

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) in a statement today said the Sessions Court judge Mohd Taufik Mohd @ Mohd Yusoff meted out the sentence in Miri after the accused Agus Tallasi pleaded guilty to the offence.

Agus was charged under Section 29(2) of the Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998 for possessing 4.95kg of pangolin scales in Niah, Miri at 2.15 pm on Jan 12, this year without any valid license or permission from the Controller.

He will be referred to the immigration department for deportation after serving his sentence.

SFC also extended its gratitude to the public and other enforcement agencies for their continuous support in battling wildlife crime in Sarawak.

Members of the public who have information on those who are capturing, hunting, trading, or keeping protected wildlife can call the hotlines at 019-8859996 (Kuching), 019-8883561 (Sibu), 019-8332737 (Bintulu), or 019-8290994 (Miri). — DayakDaily