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KUCHING, Nov 13: A restaurant in Selangau was recently raided by officers from Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) for allegedly selling illegal exotic meat.
SFC chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said acting upon public tip-off, a team from its Sibu regional office immediately conducted a raid.
“They found varieties of exotic meat including protected species such as pangolin, soft-shelled turtle, python, sun bear, monitor lizard, frog, wild boar and bats in the premise,” Zolkipli said in a statement.
The restaurant owner and cook were interrogated by enforcement officers.
“They will be charged with illegal possession of protected animals under the Wildlife Protection Ordinance, 1998. If found guilty, they could face a fine of up to RM10,000 and one year’s jail,” he added.
Zolkipli urged the public not to consume exotic meats, as the saying goes “when there is no demand, there is no supply”. — DayakDaily