Never Let the Roars of a Tiger Die in Malaysia
At one time around the 1950s, there were about 3,000 striped tigers in Peninsular Malaysia. Today, the number has dropped to less than 200 tigers in their main habitat.
This situation is particularly alarming because the Panthera tigris jacksoni or Panthera tigris malayensia is a species of a tiger that is currently in a threatened phase and is exposed to the extinction risk. With no or less aggressive actions and efforts by the Malaysians as a whole.
Iis unlikely that this species will never be seen again by our future generations. If this happens, then it marks as a failure of a human being to play their role as a caliph on this earth.
These animals are available only in Peninsular Malaysia and are unavailable in any other part of this country. Hence answering why the striped tiger is made as a symbol of Malaysia’s pride and we can see that there are two tiger stripes in the Jata Negara logo.
These striped tigers are also locally known as “Pak Belang” and they can weigh up to 300 kg for adults and are 3.3 meters long.
They live in the jungle and their main food sources are wild boar, deer, and antelope. The striped tiger species are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 [Act 716] as a fully protected species.
The Increasingly Endangered “Pak Belang” Species
The declining numbers of striped tigers are now due to the poaching activities conducted by the local and foreign poachers.
They set snares in the forest and kill this poor tiger to get its skin, flesh, nails, fangs, and bones. In the black market, a Malaysian striped tiger stripe costs RM600,000 to RM1 million.
Thus, the Malayan Tiger Rescue Campaign (Kempen Selamatkan Harimau Malaya) initiative has been launched recently by the Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources, Dr.Xavier Jayakumar in conjunction with the 2019 World Life Day celebration in the capital city of Malaysia.
The celebration will be held annually on March 3 to raise awareness of the situation and the role of each individual in helping to save and protect our Malayan Tiger.
According to Dr.Xavier, our government has declared a war against the poachers since the campaign was established. This is the result of the discovery of 3,500 snares found from 1,000 operations carried out from 2013 to 2018.
Meanwhile, a total of 162 intruders have been arrested for wildlife crime
Kempen Selamatkan Harimau Malaya
We hope that Malaysians will become more concerned, conscious, active and proactive in launching this Malayan Tiger Rescue Campaign (Kempen Selamatkan Harimau Malaya).
It is also hoped that we will work together in fighting the tigers’ rights so that they can live comfortably in their habitat without any interruption.