Posts Tagged ‘MACC’

Perhilitan Director-General Stripped, Investigation Announced (again)

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

The following story was reported today by Malaysia’s Hilary Chiew in The Star…. 

(To be seen is whether this is a meaningful reform or simply a shuffling of chairs .  One sign will no doubt be the result of the corruption investigation report referred to in the story.  Will it be an “Old Story” or a new one?)

 Jan 24, 2010, The Star

Minister to chair special wildlife permit panel

By HILARY CHIEW

PETALING JAYA: The issuing of special permits for totally protected species will now be decided at the ministry level following complaints of mismanagement and corruption at the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan).

Natural Resources and Environ­ment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas, who said this, added that he had taken over the special permit committee chairmanship from the Perhilitan director-general.

“Previously, special permits were vetted by Perhilitan and referred to the minister for the signature. From now, I will chair the committee with guidance from top officials in the ministry and the legal officer.

“We realised that we need another body to cross-check what’s happening on the ground. This is a new approach … We will include the views of non-governmental organisations to improve the system,” he told The Star. (more…)

The Lizard King In Center of Tiger Permits Corruption Probe

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The following story appears today in Malaysia’s national newspaper, The Star.  The implications of this investigation extend well beyond Malaysia.  One corrupt, or even lax, regulatory regime can enable traffickers to move endangered wildlife from every corner of the earth–all they need is a signature, and a CITES stamp.

The Star Online > Starprobe
Saturday August 29, 2009

MACC gets wildlife memos

By YENG AI CHUN

 

Paper trail: This letter about an application to export tigers is among the documents handed over to the MACC.

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of animal rights activists has submitted documents to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to back their allegations against the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan).

The documents allegedly show Perhilitan deputy director-general Misliah Mohamad Basir endorsing the renewal of special permits for convicted wildlife trafficker Anson Wong. (more…)

A Poser in the Palace?

Monday, August 17th, 2009

More news running today from Malaysia.  This from the Malay Mail:

Poser Over Signatures on Wildlife Permits
NGOs lodge corruption report against Perhilitan
by Ng Suzhen, Malay Mail

Monday, August 17, 2009

Wake Up Call:  (From left) Manogaran, Khan, Chin, Thanasayan aide, Surendran, Manickavasagam and Thanasayan (seated) at the MACC office last Friday

Wake Up Call: (From left) Manogaran, Khan, Chin, Thanasayan aide, Surendran, Manickavasagam and Thanasayan (seated) at the MACC office last Friday

 

IS wildlife smuggling rampant in Malaysia because the signatures of high ranking officials from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) are being forged?

However improbable this may sound, it was suggested by Perhilitan Deputy Director-General I Misliah Mohamad Basir.

“There is a possibility that my signature was forged on the permits issued, as it happens quite often. But I need to have a look at the documents involved before jumping to conclusions,” she said when Malay Mail enquired about her alleged involvement in approving import-export permits to Anson Wong, a notorious wildlife smuggler featured extensively in the widely acclaimed book The Lizard King — The True Crimes and Passions of the World’s Greatest Reptile Smugglers.

Misliah admitted (more…)