Tutong District possible home to wildlife sanctuary

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE protection of flora and fauna wildlife is expected to take a positive turn with the establishment of a wildlife sanctuary, said Industry and Primary Resources minister yesterday.

He also revealed that an enforcement officer position within the Wildlife Division has been created.

While it has yet to be confirmed when the establishment of the wildlife sanctuary would take place, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, said that the ministry has been looking into suitable areas for the sanctuary and a spot in Tutong is being considered.

“The ministry is considering a place in Sinaut to be made into a wildlife sanctuary or as a rehabilitation centre for wildlife that had been caught or kept, as of now the location has been identified and it will be made into a specific area,” said YB Pehin Dato Hj Yahya.

The minister was addressing concerns raised by Brunei-Muara District representative, YB Hj Jumat Akim regarding the safety and welfare of the public given the increasing appearance of wildlife in residential and public areas.

According to a previous report, a wildlife sanctuary has been proposed and the Sungai Ingei conservation forests in Ulu Belait was suggested as an area given the vast amount of flora and fauna in the area.

The proposal has yet to be confirmed by the government.

The issue on enforcement was raised by Tutong District representative Yang Berhormat Hj Ramli Hj Lahit who asked if the division under the MIPR had been given authority to enforce and monitor the poaching of wildlife in the sultanate. An update of the 35 year-old Wildlife Protection Act has yet to be completed and its last revision took place when Brunei regained full independence according to a previous report.

The Head of the Wildlife Division was reported to have said that the act, that is expected to be completed by the end of last year or earlier this year, would include revisions such as an update to the list of protected species, and provisions to control the sale of animals without a licence.

The Brunei Times