Posts Tagged ‘Douglas Uggah Embas’

“No More ‘Lizard King’ Cases, says Minister”

Monday, June 20th, 2011

That is the headline of this recent article in the Malay Mail.  The Minister is  the head of Malaysia’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and The Lizard King he refers to is Anson Wong. 

The steps taken in the wake of The Lizard King case–legislative reform, administrative reform, the punishment of Anson Wong–are exactly what was needed to begin to clean up Malaysia as a trafficking hub.

What is still missing, however, is action.  Especially by Malaysia’s law enforcement body, Perhilitan.  What the Minister wants the public to believe is that Perhilitan will prevent more Anson Wongs from rising to power.  Alas, a number of major operators are trafficking endangered wildlife in and through Malaysia right now.   Where are those Lizard King Cases, Minister?

Minister Douglas Uggah Embas should have said, We will have many more Lizard King cases–all it takes–until Malaysia has purged itself of illegal wildlife traffickers.

Call for New Leadership at Perhilitan

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

A letter today in Malaysian press from Sean Whyte,, head of Nature Alert,calls for new leadership in Malaysia’s Wildlife Department. Recall that Minister Douglas Uggah Embas vowed to reform Perhilitan last year, including rotation of top personnel. If history is a guide, these promises were designed to stop the public from complaining, but will not be put into full effect.

Seized Wildlife Trafficker Notebooks Give Unique Insight

Friday, October 29th, 2010

“Seized Notebooks give unique insight” at first when I read these words in the following press release from TRAFFIC-Malaysia I thought, Wow!  I’m about to read what the Malaysian government discovered from its recent seizure of Anson Wong’s laptop and cell phones. 

Or, I’m about to read the results of the Malaysian anti-corruption agency’s recent raid on wildlife department officer Misliah Mohd. Basir’s office (they seized a computer, too). 

Instead I read this fascinating window on the pangolin trade–all from a single syndicate’s notebooks.  The government of Sabah operates independently of mainland Malaysia’s government on many wildife issues.  That is why we can have such a good example of NGO-Government cooperation on the one hand and such poor progress on opening up Anson and Misliah’s files to public scrutiny, on the other.  Peninsular Malaysians should demand the same transparency as on Sabah. 

Seized notebooks give unique insight into scale of illicit pangolin trade
 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28th October 2010—Stunning figures in traffickers’ logbooks indicate massive illegal capture and trade in endangered pangolins or scaly anteaters, finds a new TRAFFIC study.

A Preliminary Assessment of Pangolin Trade in Sabah analyses logbooks seized following a raid by Sabah Wildlife Department in 2009 on a syndicate’s pangolin trafficking premises in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of the Malaysian State of Sabah in north Borneo.
 
The logbooks reveal that 22,200 pangolins were killed and 834.4 kg of pangolin scales were supplied to the syndicate between May 2007 and January 2009…

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