An Orang Asli woman lost her life after she was believed to have been trampled by a wild elephant yesterday.
According to Lipis district police chief Supt Azli Mohd Noor, the incident took place at Kampung Simoi Baru, Pos Betau in Kuala Lipis at 4.40am.
Trampled by wild elephant
“The victim, Wak Angkat Yok Tong, lives with eight family members in a wooden house with bamboo walls that was surrounded by banana trees and near a rubber plantation.
“They were asleep in the house when they were suddenly awakened by the elephant tearing down the house wall. They fled and realised Wak Angkat was missing when they gathered after the elephant left,” he told Bernama.
Azli added that her body was later found near the banana trees just a stone’s throw away from the house and sent to Kuala Lipis Hospital for an autopsy.
Perhilitan urged to take action
Following the tragedy, the Department of Wildlife Protection and National Parks (Perhilitan) has been urged to take swift action in relocating wild elephants in the area.
According to Cameron Highlands MP Datuk Ramli Mohd Nor, he said that elephants intruding Orang Asli villages have become more frequent since last year, adding that 10 reports were lodged with Perhilitan so far.
When a similar incident happened in the Orang Asli area in Perak, Perhilitan relocated the elephants to the Elephant Conservation Centre, why can’t Perhilitan Pahang take a similar action? Why wait until there is a human-animal conflict that causes death?
Ramli also said that Pos Betau’s Tok Batin and Penghulu Orang Asli have come to a decision to fend off the elephants to protect the villagers.