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Quota for two species of birds receives mixed response
Kota Baru: Bird fans in Kelantan are divided over the new regulation that only 150 licences will be issued for people in the state to keep murai batu (white-rumped shama) and kelicap kunyit (oriental white eye).
Some claimed that the number of licences was too small to cater to a big number of enthusiasts while others felt that the rule was acceptable.
Bird fan Aziz Mamat said the government's move to set a quota of 100 licences for murai batu and 50 for kelicap kunyit this year was good as it would control the population of the two species.
"This also shows that the government is concerned with the welfare of bird fans especially in Kelantan as many of us love to rear the birds," said Aziz.
The 43-year-old businessman said he reared various bird species including burung candik ((red whisker bull) and burung tiong (hill myna) at home.
Another bird enthusiast Faisal Hasnul said he believed the quota for licences was inadequate to meet the high number of bird fans in Kelantan.
"I know that the government has its reasons to set the quota but if necessary, many of us wish there is a bigger number of licences.
"Otherwise, I believe bird fans will be rushing to the state wildlife department's office to get the licences as soon as it opens for application (on Aug 15)," said the 34-year-old trader.
On Aug 1, the Wildlife and National Parks Department lifted the temporary ban on catching wild birds with immediate effect but has set quota for certain species.