Malaysia: More than a year on and still no answer to deaths of poisoned pygmy elephants
It looks like the answers into the death of Sabah’s 14 pygmy elephants will be buried forever with the dead elephants. It has been more than a year and Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun, the Sabah Wildlife Department, the Sabah police and others, are still keeping silent as to who …were responsible for their deaths and why no arrests have been made.
When news of the deaths first broke there was much hue and cry from all parties concerned, but eventually all interest came to an end. The authorities are accountable to the Malaysian public and their stoic silence does not bode well for their reputation unless they decide to sweep this hideous crime under the carpet.
Even before a conclusive finding leading to the arrest of the culprits responsible for the death of the 14 pygmies, news have again surfaced of growing concern over two rescued female Borneo Pygmy elephant calves found wondering in two plantations in Kinabatangan. Again poison is being suspected as the cause of the calves wandering away from their mothers.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is duly concerned over the increasing trend in the number of elephants being either killed or poisoned. Does Masidi and the Sabah Wildlife Department realise the gravity of this situation? What would be the consequences for Sabah’s wildlife if culprits and those responsible for the killing of elephants get away scot free?
Image: A three-month-old elephant calf tries to awake its dead mother at the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve in Sabah, Malaysia (c) Sabah Wildlife Department/Associated PressVisa mer