New Straits Times (Malaysia)
April 27, 2001
KOTA KINABALU - The poachers who shot and decapitated a female
Sumatran rhinoceros in the Kalabakan forest reserve, south of the
Maliau Basin near Tawau on March 10, could have been hired hunters.
Sabah Wildlife Department deputy director Laurentius Ambu, when
contacted today, believed that the poachers could have been "sponsored"
to hunt the rhinoceros for its horns and other body parts.
In light of the risk involved in hunting the rhinoceros and selling
its horns, he reasoned they must have had a ready market for the
Although more than 10 people had been questioned by the State Wildlife
Department since its investigations two weeks ago, there were still
no suspects and there is not enough evidence to press charges.
Laurentius said the department's investigation was progressing
slowly because of poor public co-operation.
The case is investigated under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment
1997. An offender is liable to a mandatory jail sentence of between
six months and five years.