Indonesia: Wanted: Tiger Killer on Facebook
30th June 2015;

Only a few days after the case of a (presumed) Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) slaughter in Central Kalimantan, which arose after some photos were uploaded on Facebook by a user named Polo Panitia Hari Kiamat, now the netizens are again bewildered by a killing of a Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae). Again, the case became widespread after the photos were uploaded and shared by lots of Facebook users.

Sumatran Tiger is a protected species, and its population has been dwindling due to habitat loss and poaching. Poaching and killing Sumatran Tigers is a crime. According to the Law no.5 of 1990 concerning the Conservation of Living Natural Heritage and Its Ecosystem, anybody who violates this law is liable to 5 years of prison and IDR 100 million fines.

If you happen to recognize or know the men shown on the photos, please inform Protection of Forest & Fauna (PROFAUNA) Indonesia by email to: international@profauna.net, or by sms to 081336657164, 081615711592, or call us at 08563693611

PROFAUNA will forward the infomration to the authority. Help us find these felons, save the remaining Tiger population! Remember that the case of Orangutan slaughter in Borneo could never be solved quickly if not for your participation in spreading the words. Thank you!

Source: ProFauna

Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)
Kranji, 16th May 2015

Twin-barred Tree Snake (Chrysopelea pelias) @ VivoCity

Final few hours to find out more about these and other Singapore wildlife at the Festival of Biodiversity, happening at VivoCity this weekend!

Indonesia: Orangutan Burner Arrested!
26th June 2015;

Good news, the suspected killer and burner of a primate assumed to be an Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) finally got arrested by the Police of Kotawaringin Barat (West Kotawaringin Regency) and the Natural Resource Conservation Agency. PROFAUNA highly appreciates the rapid response from the bodies on following up this case.

Here is a news report from Kompas.com (24 June 2015) on the suspect’s arrest:

The chase for the killer and burner of an Orangutan in Borneo by the Natural Resource Coservation Agency finally culminated in an identification of the suspect, Tuesday (23 June 2015).

Conservation Director of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Bambang Dahono Aji, on Wednesday (24 June 2015) stated to Kompas, “The suspect who uploaded the photos of the killing and burning was arrested last night at 22.30.”

The suspect is currently stiil in custody, at the Police Station in Kotawaringin Barat. Investigation so far has revealed that the owner of Facebook account named Polo Panitia Hari Kiamat did not do the burning. “He admitted that he only uploaded the photos,” said Bambang.

The burner’s initials areDBU, while the photos uploader’s initials are LAK. The police claimed to have arrested DBU as well.

Such a case of Orangutan killing was not the first to occur. In 2011, Orangutan slaughter took place in East Kalimantan. In many cases, Orangutans were killed because they are consider pests for the plantation, especially palm oil.

This particular case arose after LAK uploaded photos of a man killing and burning an Orangutan, captioned “Served for dinner” and “Will put some soy sauce on it.”

Activists, animal lovers, and general nitizens bashed the act. Kristian Hasmadi Lung Eng Pringatan, a netizen from Wehea, East Kalimantan, wrote “Whoever he is, he will totally face the customary law of Wehea, as well as the national law”.

Source: ProFauna

Malaysia: Action pledged on river pollution in Penang

Scores of fish such as keli, haruan and Tilapia found dead along Sungai Dondang.
26th June 2015;

The Penang Government has directed the island city council (MBPP) to take stern action, including revoking the licences, of a vegetarian food processing factory and a laundry shop for allegedly causing the death of fish in Sungai Dondang, Paya Terubong.

On Monday scores of fish such as keli (Catfish) (Siluriformes), haruan (Common Snakehead) (Channa striata) and Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) were found dead along Sungai Dondang, a tributary of Sungai Pinang. The Department of Environment (DOE) has taken samples of the river water for tests and the results will be known in a week.

State executive councilor Chow Kon Yeow said investigations by DOE, the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) and MBPP revealed that the two errant parties caused the river pollution.

He assured the outlets would face the full brunt of the law, including possible closure and fine. “The city council has been directed to take stern action against the culprits, including revoking their licenses,” Chow told newsmen when visiting the site.

Present were DID director Anuar Yahya, northeast district engineer Haslinda Mohd Hamran and DOE state director Norhayati Yahaya.

He expressed disappointment that such incidents took place despite various campaigns carried out to educate people against disposing toxic waste into rivers. The responsibility to keep rivers clean and pollution free was not only that of the authorities, but also the public, he added.

He felt sad that marine life had died and urged the public to take on the responsibility to ensure that rivers remained clean. Moreover, he said, the state received encouraging reports that the river water quality was improving.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Malaysia: Action pledged on river pollution in Penang

Penang Local Government committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow shows the dead fishes found at a river’s basin in Air Itam. Photo by AMIR IRSYAD OMAR

Malaysia: Swift action to combat river pollution in Penang
By Predeep Nambiar, 26th June 2015;

The recent discovery of dead fishes at a river basin here could have been caused by illegal discharge from nearby businesses, authorities say.

Local Government committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said initial investigations showed the two outlets; a vegetarian food processing outfit and a laundromat could be the culprit.

“This clearly shows the mentality of some businesses who continue to pollute our rivers.”

“I have ordered the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) to order these businesses to be closed if they are found to be the culprits,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

Chow led a visit to one of three floodwater basins of the river, with officials from the state Environment Department and Drainage and Irrigation Department in tow.

On Monday, residents near the upstream of Sungai Dondang here discovered at least 100 dead fishes washed ashore.

The finding at one of the basins prompted an investigation by the Environment Department, with samples collected on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, state Environment director Norhayati Yahya said the condition of the two other basins were good, with no dead fishes found there.

“Basins A and C recorded normal pH levels of 6. Our concern is Basin B where the dead fishes were found.”

“We have sent the samples to the Chemistry Department for analysis and we expect the results to be out in two weeks.” she said.

River quality is usually determined by its pH level, nitrate and phosphate contents and dissolved oxygen values, via chemical tests.

As a long-term solution, Chow announced that village security and development committees will ‘adopt’ parts of the river to keep polluters at bay.

“The people can be the eyes and ears of our rivers as we have limited resources,” he said.

State Drainage and Irrigation director Anuar Yahya urged the public to report polluters at 04-650-5145.

Sungai Dondang is one of the six tributaries of infamous Sungai Pinang, which was once the dirtiest rivers in Malaysia.

The other tributaries are Sungai Air Terjun, Sungai Kecil, Sungai Air Putih, Sungai Air Hitam, and Sungai Jelutong

In 2006, Sungai Pinang was ranked Class V, the highest pollution level under the Malaysia Water Quality Index.

Last year, the river’s cleanliness improved, hovering between Class II and III.

Source: New Straits Times

The dead fishes in the photo are Sailfin Catfishes (Pterygoplichthys sp.), which are originally from South America.

Resident nearby the polluted Sungai Dondang, Goh Kheng Tian, 45, points out the dead fishes washed ashore while Penang Local Government, Traffic and Flood Mitigation committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow looks on. Photo by Masry Che Ani

Malaysia: Fishy deaths alert residents of river pollution
By Edmund Lee, 25th June 2015;

The source of pollution of Sungai Dondang in Paya Terubong here has been narrowed to two outlets, a vegetarian food processing outfit and a laundromat.

The investigation comes after residents nearby reported scores of dead fish near the river banks over the past few days.

Penang local government committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said there will be no compromise in taking action against businesses polluting the river which is a tributary of Sungai Pinang.

He said the Penang Island Municipal Council was taking the matter seriously and will act accordingly against those responsible for discharging pollutants into the river.

He felt sad marine life had died and urged the public to take on the responsibility to ensure rivers remained clean.

He called on village development and security committees to keep watch on polluters.

“They can help us stop pollution,” he told a press conference after a visit to the river today.

The Penang Drainage and Irrigation Department has taken river water samples for testing with the results to be known in about two weeks.

The fish deaths came after Chow celebrated the presence of otters at Sungai Pinang on his Facebook page recently.

Source: The Sun Daily

The dead fishes in the photo are Sailfin Catfishes (Pterygoplichthys sp.), which are originally from South America.