A business leader demands a lawsuit for illegal possession of protected animals

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SIBU (March 17): A company director has sought a trial in Sessions Court here today on three counts of possessing protected animals without a licence.

According to the first charge brought under section 37(2)(a) of the Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998, read in conjunction with section 37(1) of the same order, Tang Jung Lung would have been illegally in possession of an oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) and a terapin or Borneo tortoise (Orlitia borneensis).

The section provides for a maximum of two years in prison and a fine of RM25,000 per animal if convicted.

According to the second charge under section 37(2)(b) of the same order, the 46-year-old man was in unlawful possession of six porcupines (Hystricidae), three shrews (Tupaiidae), two estuarine crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus), two Balinese mynahs (Leucopsar rothschildi), a hill mynah (Gracula religiosa), a parakeet (Psittacula longicauda), a sun bear (Helarctus malayanus), a cat bear (Artitis binturong), a pig-tailed macaque (Macaca nemestrina) and a long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis).

The section provides for a maximum of one year in prison and a fine of RM10,000 per animal.

The third charge was made under section 37(2(c) of the same order, which is punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of RM2,000 per animal.

Tang was allegedly in possession of a Wallace’s eagle (Nisaetus nanus) and rock dove (Columbia livia) without a permit.

He was released on bail of RM3,000 with a local surety.

The court also set April 7 for pretrial case management.