RM9.12m in pangolin scales seized
SEPANG: In a record-breaking haul, the Royal Malaysian Customs Department of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) seized 712kg of smuggled pangolin scales from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana worth RM9.12 million.
“We sent our officers to investigate following a tip-off,” said Customs assistant director-general (enforcement) Datuk Paddy Abd Halim.
“The scales can fetch a price of between RM1,000 and RM1,500 per kg on the Malaysian market. They can fetch a higher price in China,” said Wildlife Department deputy director Rozidan Md Yasin.
Pangolin scales were in high demand in Vietnam and China as they were believed to be a traditional remedy for malaria and cancer, he added.