Posts Tagged ‘Perhilitan’

Madagascar Further Exposes Malaysia Wildlife Trafficking Pipeline

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

 

L’Express in Madagascar further exposes the link among Anson Wong and other Malaysian wildlife traffickers plundering Madagascar in this front page story today:

Malaysian Tentacles in Madagascar, Courier Fingers ‘Lizard King’

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Malaysia wildlife trafficking syndicates extend to Madagascar.   Those inside have known this for years.  Last summer, Malaysian authorities intercepted two Malagasy couriers trafficking wildlife to Malaysia.  The women were arrested and sentenced to a year in prison.  One of the women gave birth there.  Remarkably, Malaysian authorities made no significant investigation of the couriers one of whom filed a police report just before her departure last month fingering Anson Wong as her boss, along with a man she knew as “Vijay.”

Wildlife Department director, Abd Rasid Samsudin is accused today in Malaysian press of ‘Sleeping on the Job.’   ROAR, N Surendran, Lawyers for Liberty, and others are right.  Perhilitan has failed to make a single case against a wildlife trafficking kingpin in Malaysia.  There is a reason for it.

“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.