By Emma Victoria
BINTULU police seized 35 kg of exotic meat, with an estimated value of RM5,000 at a restaurant in Jalan Kidurong on Monday.
District police chief Supt Zulkipli Suhaili in a statement said the police and Sarawak Forest Department personnel raided the premises around 9pm.
“Our team found parts of the exotic or protected animals packed in plastic bags and stored in a fridge.
The packages had been labelled as snake, deer, lizard, wild boar, bear, squirrel, porcupine and other species of wildlife and protected animals,” he said, according to Borneo Post.
Three women, aged between 23 and 47 at the restaurant were arrested.
Zulkipli said the suspects and items seized have been taken to the Bintulu Forest Office for further investigations under Section 48 (1) of the Wildlife Ordinance 1998, which carries a one year imprisonment and fine of RM10,000, upon conviction.
He warned eateries and restaurants not to offer any exotic meat and said the police will continue to intensify their efforts to fight illegal trade and the consumption of protected animal species in the state.
“We are serious about curbing illegal sales and poaching of wildlife,” he stressed.