Posts Tagged ‘Malaysian Animal Rights Society’

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…)

Malaysian Police Report Cites The Lizard King

Friday, August 21st, 2009

From Malaysia’s newspaper, The Star:

Report Lodged Against Convicted Wildlife Smuggler, Two Govt Agencies

By JOSHUA FOONG, The Star

newsdesk@thestar.com.my, Friday August 21, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of non-governmental organisations has lodged a police report against convicted wildlife smuggler Anson Wong, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) and the Customs Department.

Speaking to reporters after lodging the report at the Brickfields Police Station, Malaysian Animal Rights Society president R. Surendran said:

“The reason we are lodging the police report is because, over the years Perhilitan has failed to take any action against Wong for smuggling and has even given him special permits to catch and keep animals.

“We know that one of the modus operandi of wildlife traffickers is to get permits to keep animals and later declare them dead, when in actual fact they have been smuggled out of the country,” he said.

Last Friday, Surendran lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on possible corruption involving Perhilitan.

The report lodged was also based on the book The Lizard King that exposed the existence of such a trade in the country.

He cited page 192 of the book by American Bryan Christy that highlighted a relationship between Wong and a “second-ranked Customs official” in Penang. (more…)