Posts Tagged ‘Surendran’

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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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…)

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…)