Posts Tagged ‘malaysia’

New Wildlife Law for Malaysia?!

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Malaysia’s Parliament is currently debating a new comprehensive wildlife law, the Wildlife Conservation Act.  If passed-and MPs have only a few days to do it-the new law will be the first major wildlife law reform since 1972! 

Having a good law on the books will be a key to protecting Malaysia’s wildlife, to changing Malaysia’s reputation as a global wildlife trafficking hub, and to setting the country on track to becoming a regional leader on protecting its remarkable environment. 

Of course, good laws are only as strong as law enforcement.  The Ministry of Environment has taken positive steps to reform law enforcement and administration in the past year, but the Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) has a history of speaking one way to the media and the Ministry, and another to its “clients” in the wildife trade.  It takes both law reform and law enforcement reform to make a difference.   Passing this new law is certainly the first part of that equation. 

Hopefully, the debate this week will cover both the law and its enforcement.

Tiger and Woods in Malaysia

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

When I was a kid, New Jersey Governor Tom Kean had a saying, “New Jersey and you–purrfect together.”  Kean had a kind of patrician twang that made the line memorable.  Here is a piece running today in Malaysia, with a message for the world: What have you done for the tiger today?   (PS.  Tigers make good metaphors.)  The author is Azrina Abdullah, who has a new column with The Sun.  

The Tiger and You
by Azrina Abdullah
  The Sun, Malaysia

THE Chinese Year of the Tiger began on Feb 14 with fanfare reminding us of the perils of being a tiger. It coincided with Valentine’s Day, with couples celebrating by donating to tiger causes and wearing anything tiger striped to show their support for the various organisations working to save the tiger.

It is estimated that only 3,200 tigers are left in the wild globally, with 500 in Malaysia. So, this was a great start to the year for the species and there was some hope that action would be galvanised by all to save the Malayan tiger. Various efforts were made to raise awareness on the tiger among the public. So, what has happened since? (more…)

Sun Shines on Wildlife Trade

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

 I am often asked what an individual can do to protect wildlife or otherwise to address the illegal wildlife trade.  One answer is to become aware of what you are buying, where it came from, and how it was procured.  Another answer is to take up a pen (or keyboard) and write.  The Internet can be a boon to wildlife protection and better government.  Here is a letter running this week in Malaysia, from The Sun:

Do more to protect wildlife
(Mon, 29 Mar 2010)
The Sun

I REFER to “Failure at Doha heard around the globe” (Speak Up, March 29). Eric Margolis is correct to state that consumers need to make their power felt to protect wildlife.

I would like to share my two cents worth on our failure to protect our own wildlife. In January, National Geographic ran a story, “The Kingpin“, on a major wildlife trader who was based in Penang, and his alleged working relationship with a high level government officer in the Wildlife Department.

According to the writer, Bryan Christy, the relationship enabled the man to expand his business to export endangered wildlife illegally. This story was the cover story on several regional editions of the magazine.

As I was reading the article, I was thinking that the government must surely react to the article as it focuses on the failure of the Malaysian system in protecting its own wildlife. Instead, (more…)