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Suspected Poachers Rammed 2 Forestry Department Vehicles And Check Point Gate At Gunung Rara - Kalabakan Forest Reserves

1. Based on public information received, a group of 20 Forestry personnel from the Protect Team, led by monitoring officer, Ismailey Ismail, laid an ambush at Gunung Rara - Kalabakan Forest Reserve, on 29.12.2017 to apprehend a vehicle, believed to besuspected poachers.

2. At 6.30 pm the same day, the suspect vehicle (ST 2821 C) arrived and rammed 2 Forestry vehicles at site and drove through the gate, damaging it badly. The suspects also nearly ran over 2 FD. personnel.

3. Upon being chased, the suspects tried to escape by throwing materials they carried on board, including tyres, containers, parts of animals, cangkuls etc, towards the chasing FD. vehicles.

4. "Elephant Bombs", a type of explosive used to scare away elephants, and a restricted product, were also hurled towards the FD. vehicles, but did not explode.

5. Despite the chase, the especially modified vehicle of the suspected poachers, escaped through tracks, that cannot be used by ordinary vehicles.

6. The Police was informed at Tawau and reports lodged accordingly by the Enforcement Team, the same evening.

7. On the next day, 30.12.2017, at 9.00 am, the Police arrested 2 local men, the suspects, for further investigation under various laws. They have also been remanded for 7 days since then.

8. As this is not merely a case that is covered by the Forest Enactment 1968 and Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1998, and which also involves other laws such as the Penal Code etc., the case is handled by the Police for further action.

9. We thank the OCPD/Tawau and his men, for their swift and effective actions, and pray that these dangerous and aggressive suspects, will receive proper actions and due justice.

10. The Forestry Department is shocked to see this increasing trend of violence amongst poachers, far worse than that, ever encountered with illegal loggers, who normally do not fight back.

11. We thank the Public for their "tip off" that led to the arrests.

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Rammed gate

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Rammed FD. vehicle

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Wild meat thrown at FD. vehicles

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Special modified vehicle for poaching