GEORGETOWN – The Wildlife and National Parks Department(Perhilitan) today thwarted an attempt to smuggle 46 live pangolins worth RM70,000 to a neighbouring country.
Penang Perhilitan director Loo Kean Seong said the pangolins were found in the boot of a Proton Waja car, believed to have been left on the roadside along Jalan Raja Uda in Butterworth, near here, when the driver realised the presence of Perhilitan officers.
“Checks on the car at 5.30am found the pangolins, which weighed between two and nine kilogrammes, believed to have just been collected from nearby area,” he told a press conference here.
He said the department believed that the driver of the car was a member of a syndicate which buys and sells the mammal.
“We do not rule out the possibility that the pangolins will be sold in the neighbouring country due to high demand there. The animal is sold between RM100 and RM300 per kg for exotic cuisine and traditional medicines,” he said.
He urged those with information on wildlife smuggling or trafficking to call 1800-88-5151. – BERNAMA