By Billah Hasan
Poaching and other illegal activities are still going on in Brunei’s protected forests, including the Sg Ingei research project site, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar said yesterday.
“There has been unreported poaching. We have seen (people) harvesting gaharu (agarwood) and also taking some of the freshwater fish, not just in small amounts, but otherwise,” he told reporters.
“There might be people poaching for mammals too as the habitat there is quite good.”
“But this has to stop and I take this opportunity to appeal (to the public). It (poaching) is not good and there’s no scientific proof that consuming wild game is good.”
Speaking prior to departing for the second phase of the Sg Ingei faunal survey, YB Pehin Dato Hj Yahya said that the relatively pristine area was “promising” to scientists.
“(But) if we expose (the survey results) too much, it will become a place where people poach and hunt. This is what we don’t want,” the minister said.