Malaysia’s Wildlife Department to Undergo Major Overhaul

Wildlife law enforcement in Malaysia is to be significantly revamped as a result of a major restructuring of duties and assignments in the country’s wildlife department, Perhilitan.  This is a major reform, and if followed through on, marks a year in which Malaysians have taken control of their national wildlife policies. 

‘Spies’ to help curb illegal wildlife trade

By P. ARUNA, The Star
aruna@thestar.com.my

13 October 2010
PUTRAJAYA: The Law and Enforcement Division of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks or PERHILITAN will establish an Intelligence Unit under its massive revamp which begins this month.

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry (NRE) ann-ounced yesterday that the new unit would be formed to improve networking and intelligence gathering to curb illegal wildlife trade and crimes related to wildlife.

“In order to ensure that all loopholes are addressed effectively, all the Standard Operating Procedures related to law and enforcement activities under the department would be enhanced and strengthened,” said the ministry in a statement yesterday.

The revamping exercise will also see a swap of duties and scope of work between the two deputy director generals.

The law and enforcement division which was previously under the supervision of the deputy director general I will now be handled by the deputy director general II.

“All senior officers in the enforcement division will be replaced according to the requirement and officers holding critical positions for more than three years will undergo a job rotation.

According to the ministry, the law and enforcement division head and state directors would also be transferable to other parts of the country by the end of the year.

All areas of other units under the department such as the Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) and Investigation and Prosecution Unit will also be enhanced in stages.

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One Response to “Malaysia’s Wildlife Department to Undergo Major Overhaul”

  1. razak Says:

    A we know the major problem of the wildlife and national park Malaysia are the no 2 person. The overhaul the dept will not susceff if no 2 still there. we very happy after the minister announce the no 2 will transfer to the minesteri. But what ever duty if she still in the dept , she can make decision and deputy 2 and dg cannot say anything. i confident the dept will back t0 square if misliah still there. TQ