BUKIT KAYU HITAM: The Kedah Anti-Smuggling Unit (UPP) has foiled an attempt to smuggle out five pieces of dried tiger skins worth RM90,000 meant for home owners who are keen to buy them as collector’s items.
A Thai national, who was wearing the uniform of a security agency from his country, was with a fellow Thai accomplice travelling in a Thai-registered vehicle when they were stopped by an anti-smuggling team led by Sjn L. Gunasundram at a roadblock near the Malaysian-Thai border crossing at around 7am yesterday. The duo, aged 51 and 52, have been detained.
The skins were from endangered tiger species panthera tigris, found in the jungles of Peninsular Malaysia. It’s locally called harimau belang.
In another case, the UPP seized several undeclared China-made goods such as satellite dishes, fertiliser, herbal medicines and tea packets worth about RM12,742 from a house in Jalan Kilang Tebu here around 5pm on Wednesday.
A 48-year-old man was arrested in the bust.