Policemen including those from the General Operations Force (GOF) and Special Branch roped in to fight poachers, need to be exposed to and equip themselves with conservation knowledge.
Malaysian Nature Society vice-president Vincent Chow said there should be training and simulations involving situations where they came across tigers in the wild.
“Will they shoot if they come across a tiger? Do they know what to do? Knee-jerk reactions could be triggered and we don’t want that to happen. I’m no expert on this (firearms), but this has to be considered,” said Chow, who cited his experience spotting a tiger at a riverbank in a national park.
He said local communities should be more engaged in wildlife conservation as “they are the guardians of nature”.