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A man holds a pangolin at a wild animal rescue centre in Cuc Phuong, outside Hanoi, September 12, 2016. — Reuters picA man holds a pangolin at a wild animal rescue centre in Cuc Phuong, outside Hanoi, September 12, 2016. — Reuters picBUKIT KAYU HITAM, Nov 7 — The Malaysia Border Control Agency (Aksem) has foiled an attempt to smuggle 55 packages containing pangolins and five packages of pangolin scales worth RM170,000 near here this afternoon.

Kedah Aksem Commander Abd Latif Abd Rahman said all the seized items were found in the boot of a Toyota Altis car owned by a Thai national aged 45, in a roadblock at Kilometer 1.3 of the North-South Expressway near the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security Complex (ICQS) at 2.30pm.

“Five packets of pangolin scales with an estimated weight of 25 kilogrammes were believed to be meant for cosmetic and traditional medicinal use in China. We believe there were more than 55 pangolins as one or two packages had baby pangolins,” he told reporters here today.

All the seized items and the man were handed to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks for further investigations and action. — Bernama



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