Perhilitan wants duo to give statements over dead clouded leopard

The individuals pictured with the carcass of the clouded leopard at Kampung Kemuning in Alor Gajah, Melaka. (Facebook pic.)

MELAKA: The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has given two individuals believed to be involved in the death of a clouded leopard at a farm in Kampung Kemuning, Alor Gajah, a week to come forward and record their statements.

Melaka Perhilitan director Mohd Hasdi Husin said the individuals spotted in a picture with the carcass of the clouded leopard – listed as “vulnerable” (population decreasing) in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List – have been urged to go to the Perhilitan office to help determine the cause of the animal’s death.

“If they still do not come forward, we will ask for advice from the public prosecutor for an arrest warrant to be issued against them,” he told Bernama today.

Hasdi said the case was being investigated under Section 68 (2) (c) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) for hunting without a special permit, punishable with a fine of up to RM500,000 and jail term of up to five years upon conviction.

It was reported earlier that Perhilitan was tracking down certain individuals, including a foreigner and uniformed personnel, pictured posing with the dead clouded leopard at Kampung Kemuning in Alor Gajah recently.