SOP for Perhilitan rangers assigned for tasks in jungle to be improved

NAZIRUL ROSELAN

RAUB: The standard operating procedure (SOP) for Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) rangers who are assigned to carry out tasks in the jungle will be improved in stages.

Water, Land, and Natural Resources deputy minister Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji said efforts to enhance the SOP involved technical aspects which would include purchasing high technology equipment.

“I realise it will involve a huge cost...for example the motion tracking and communication equipment as such modern technology gadgets are not cheap. We will try to get them to make our task easier.

“To date, the SOP adhered during the search operations to locate the missing Perhilitan ranger (Tarmizi Ahmad Japli) is commendable but we certainly need to improve,” he said when met at the state-level “Kibar Jalur Gemilang” campaign at Dataran Raub today.


Water, Land, and Natural Resources deputy minister Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji said efforts to enhance the SOP involved technical aspects which would include purchasing high technology equipment. Pic by NSTP/Email

Also present was State Rural Development and Orang Asli Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Abd Aziz Mat Kiram.

Tarmizi, who was involved in the first national tiger count study at the Yong Forest Reserve in Taman Negara, got separated from his friends on Aug 11 as they were following a river route.

The incident happened when five of them were returning to the camping spot when three of them followed a trail while two others walked along the river bank to retrieve a camera (used for the tiger count).

Tarmizi and his colleague who were following the river route got separated before his friend noticed that he was missing and the rest of the team lodged a report with the authorities before search and rescue (SAR) operations were mounted to track his whereabouts.


Tarmizi, who was involved in the first national tiger count study at the Yong Forest Reserve in Taman Negara, got separated from his friends on Aug 11 as they were following a river route. Pic by STR/NAZIRUL ROSELA

He appeared weak when found by a team of search and rescue personnel about 4pm on Aug 25.

Meanwhile, Tengku Zulpuri said Tarmizi who appears to be in good health was expected to be discharged from Kuala Lipis hospital tomorrow and he will be given a break until he was prepared to return to work. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd