Malaysian authorities have arrested five men - four Vietnamese and one Cambodian - for hunting pangolins in Malaysia, Saigon Tiep Thi quoted a local official as saying Tuesday.
According to Yusoff Shariff, director of the Terengganu national wildlife park, the men were apprehended outside the Tenbat forest reserve in Kampung Durian Guling when forest rangers found in their car two kilograms of the scaly anteater's meat kept in cooking oil bottles and its scales in plastic bags.
Under Malaysia's laws on wildlife protection, those who hunt rare wildlife will be fined 100,000 Ringgits (US$33,000) and imprisoned for three years, the newspaper reported.
Pangolins are hunted for meat in many parts of Africa and for remedies in Chinese traditional medicine. Trade in pangolins is forbidden and they are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
In a separate case, a 50-year-old Vietnamese woman has been arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport for allegedly trafficking amphetamine worth 567,000 Ringgits ($186,974) in total. She had taken a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, according to the news source.