Exco chairman: Action could be taken against those responsible for the deaths of elephants at Kluang

JOHOR BAHRU – The responsible parties for the death of three bull elephants and a cow in a fruit-orchard in Kahang Timur, Kluang, can be brought to justice.

Ling Tian Soon, the chairman of the Johor Health and Environment Committee said that the state Wildlife and National Parks Department is still waiting for the complete post-mortem results on the four elephants.

Initial post-mortem investigations found that the elephants died from respiratory and circulatory problems caused by bleeding. This led to an accumulation of blood throughout their organs.

“Samples from the carcasses of the elephants have been sent to a laboratory to determine the causes of death. It is possible that the elephants were poisoned.

He told the press that the cause of the illness has yet to be identified and they are still waiting for the results from the laboratory.

Ling, the Yong Peng Assemblyman, urged people to allow Perhilitan to conduct a thorough investigation of the deaths of the elephants.

If there are strong proofs, we will take action to punish those responsible for elephant deaths. He added that there are laws against which we can take action.

The preliminary reports on Tuesday (4 June) indicated that the cow, three bull elephants and the two pigs found recently dead in Kluang were part of the Bandar Tenggara Herd, which roamed in the Lenggor forest reserve, Kluang Tambahan in Johor, Labir, Sembrong and Kluang Tambahan in Pahang, and the Kluang Tambahan in Johor.

Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainment Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad stated that these primary habitats are surrounded by plantations, agricultural areas and residential settlements.

Human-elephant conflict is a result of habitat loss caused by land use changes such as agriculture, plantations and settlements.

In a statement released on Saturday (8th June), he stated that “Human-elephant conflict can result in the destruction of crops, damage to property, injuries, and even death.”

Aminuddin Jamin, director of Johor Perhilitan, reported that post mortems will be performed to determine the cause for death of four elephants discovered dead in an orchard at Kahang Timur in Kluang.

Nik Nazmi has urged anyone who may have information about the incident to call Perhilitan on their hotline 1800 88 5151.

He added that “further investigations were underway and Perhilitan was also inspecting and monitoring the area.”

Perhilitan records show that there were 646 complaints of conflict between humans and elephants in Johor, from May 2020 to the present. Of these, 292 complaints involved the Kluang district.

According to current data, the elephant population of Johor is estimated between 120 and 160.

He added that elephants are protected by the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 Act 716.

He said that the government is proactive in conserving and preserving wildlife habitats, through several initiatives such as the development of the National Elephant Conservation Action Plan for 2023-2030.

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