InfoSAWIT, KOTA KINABALU - CEO Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Datuk Darrel Webber censured the killer of the small elephant which is endangered and found dead with no ivory in District of Beluran, Sabah. RSPO also offered the reward about MYR 50,000 for the information who could get the killers and penalty to those who were responsible on. This is to help the killers.
The reward would be coordinated by Department of Wildlife, Sabah. According to the media, the dead elephant was found by the palm oil plantation workers on Saturday morning (19 October 2019) but it is believed that the elephant was dead five days before.
The investigation is running to find the actors. This means that there have been two killings of small elephant in Sabah, Malaysia in less than one month. They who are responsible on the killing should be in trial for what they did.
Datuk Darrel also appealed to the public by saying that the recent killing is the symptom of the bigger problem – the problem that would come up if the people collectively do not intervene. After there were issue in the conservation in Sabah, I know that the elephant there has two major problems:
The first is that the migration way of the elephant is really influenced by the development. This raises the conflicts between men and elephant continuously. This could be the dead ones. The second is that the hunting of elephant to get the ivory keeps increasing or it could happen that the wild hunting is in the trend.
To solve the two issues, there should be holistic approach that the local stakeholders should encourage with the available resources. This is not the solution to solve the circumstances of the elephant and the migration based on adhoc. There should be urgent needs to manage the population of the animal in Sabah that covers about the population, development, landscape in Sabah to accommodate them.
He also mentioned that every side concerns and encourages to stop killing the wild animals by their own roles. “It is the main interest for the industries in Sabah, namely palm oil and tourism sectors which have the population of elephants that should be managed well. If not, we would come to an end which keeps happening and it is bad,” he recently said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
RSPO also understands that it is difficult and challenging to balance the needs of big animals that go and forth in the wide areas and the needs of the local.
“We hope the initiatives from the government of Sabah, industries, and the civil society to solve the sustainability in palm oil sector in the jurisdiction level and could contribute to the holistic approach to manage the population of elephants in Sabah. In the initiative, there are important conservation and hopefully the corridor where the elephants migrate could be open or re-opened,” he said.
Datuk Webber also reminded the public about the whistleblower policy of RSPO and encouraged anyone to use it namely to the information about the members of RSPO. The policy of RSPO about the human rights defender, the whistleblower, complainant, the speaker of the people may make the stakeholders propose their complaint in secret to the Complaint Panel in RSPO about the activity which was done by someone, on behalf, or in the relationship with the members of RSPO that caused risks of safety and/or the security of someone. The Complaint Panel of RSPO is the other way that could be used by the stakeholders to deal the complaints done by the members of RSPO. (T2)