Posts Tagged ‘Misliah’

Wildlife Department Says Never Had a Chance Before

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Speaking on behalf of Malaysia’s Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) Deputy Director General Misliah Mohd Basir tells the Malay Mail (read the interview here): 

“We are not protecting Wong. We could not detain him before as there was no evidence. However, that changed last Thursday….Perhilitan only approved a ‘special licence’ to Wong to take care of his own pets.”

Of course, the only thing that really changed on Thursday was that Anson’s luggage broke. 

The Malaysian Wildlife Department’s inability to obtain evidence despite Anson’s many years of confessed smuggling, and this latest activity, suggest Perhilitan is incapable of making an effective investigation of wildlife trafficking in Malaysia.  The species at issue in this case are not from Malaysia, they are mostly South American, just as many of the species Anson trafficked in the past were from New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar, Africa, China, South America, and on…   Anson is not Malaysia’s only illegal wildlife trafficker, either.

The failure by Perhilitan to make cases is what makes Malaysia an illegal trafficking hub for global wildlife smugglers, placing species across the planet at risk, including recently rhino horn and elephant ivory trafficked through Malaysia.

NGOs Welcome ‘Special Permit’ Reform, Call for Report

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

 From Malaysia:

The Star
January 26, 2010
Permits Process Lauded
NGOs welcome transparency to curb illegal wildlife trade

PETALING JAYA: Environmental groups welcome the Government’s intention to make wildlife special permits approval a more transparent process, to curb the illegal trade in wildlife contributing to species extinction.

World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia executive director Datuk Dr Dionysius Sharma suggested that a formal committee be set up with relevant non-governmental organisations (NGOs) sitting in by invitation.

“This committee also needs a specific Terms of Reference (ToR) so its role and responsibilities

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NST: Why Grant Him a License?

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

A letter to the editor, appearing today in Malaysia’s New Straits Times:

WILDLIFE SMUGGLING: Why grant him a licence?
2009/12/31 New Straits Times

A.A., Petaling Jaya

I AM a subscriber of National Geographic magazine and was horrified to read the article “The Kingpin: An expose of the world’s most notorious wildlife dealer, his special government friend and his ambitious new plan” by Bryan Christy in the January 2010 edition.

This author writes about the close working relationship between a known, convicted wildlife smuggler and a high-level government official at the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan).

It appears that the official is supporting the business of the smuggler. Why is Perhilitan still granting a licence to him, even if he has not been convicted under Malaysian law?