In the 1950s, 3,000 Malayan tigers roamed our jungles.

Today, fewer than 200 of these symbols of our national herritage are left. The biggest threat to tiger conservation in Malaysia comes from poaching.

Poachers from Indochina, assisted by locals, hunt Malayan tigers due to the high demand for body parts to be used in traditional medicine and other purposes.

If nothing is done soon, we will forever lose the Malayan tiger, classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), within the next five and ten year.

The Op Bersepadu Khazanah (OBK) is one of the biggest win coming out of advocacy work.

The police launched the operation on September 2019 in collaboration with The Wildlife and National Parks Department (PERHILITAN) to put a stop to poaching.

Since its launch, OBK has shown promising result with 'mega seizures', dozens of suspects detained and a money-laundering investigation initiated against a local wildlife crime group.

Among those involved in OBK include the Senoi Praaq battalion consisting of Orang Asli officers who are highly skilled at tracking in the jungle.

Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Abdul Hamid Bador is also outspoken in protecting endangered wildlife, proposing tougher penalties, including whipping, to combat poaching and wildlife trafficking in the country.

Read more about protecting the Malayan tiger from the article attached.

Source: The Star

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