Wildlife trader arrested, homemade shotguns and wildlife parts confiscated

Stanley (center) witnessing the handover ceremony between Dayang (left) and Logenthiran.

SIBU, Sept 15: A 37-year-old fish and wildlife trader from Long Unai in Belaga has been arrested after police found two homemade ‘bekakok’ barrels (shotguns) along with 18 bullets and various wildlife parts found at a house in Jalan Ding Lik Kong here.

Sibu District Police Chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the discovery was made during an Op Khazanah raid carried out by the police, Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) and the 10th Battalion General Operations Force (PGA10) on September 11.

The suspect was arrested at a different location before the discovery of the items, he said.

“The suspect then led the team to the house where he lives with his wife and children. The raiding team later found rifles, Bore and Buck Shot ammunition and various parts of wildlife in a store and in a refrigerator in the house,” he told reporters after witnessing the handover ceremony between the Acting Head of Commercial Crime Investigation Division Sibu (CCID) ASP Dayang Tantysera Abang to her successor, ASP Logenthiran Subramaniam.

Stanley said the suspect admitted to buying a rifle from another man in Long Unai in July this year while the ammunition was purchased separately in Kapit.

The rifle is believed to be used for hunting purposes in Long Unai, he added.

He said the suspect would be remanded and the case classified under Section 8 (a) of the Weapons Act 1960. — DayakDaily