RM9.12m in pan­golin scales seized

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

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