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G. Palanivel
G. Palanivel
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 – Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming said G. Palanivel, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, needs to answer serious questions about the actions of wildlife trafficker Anson Wong. Referring to Wong’s activities that were uncovered by Al-Jazeera’s 101 East programme “The Return of the Lizard King” released last week, Kian Ming, in his media statement released yesterday (Nov 29), put the spotlight on the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) and Palanivel. He questioned the failure to investigate and prosecute Wong based on multiple testimonies and statements given by old colleagues and workers, shown in the video. One such statement was given by a student named Sarah Sahondrarisoa, who claimed to have been paid by Anson Wong to transport bags containing wildlife into Malaysia. She was caught during her second trip and was jailed for eight months. Kian Ming questioned why Wong wasn’t investigated and prosecuted at the time based on proof and testimony given by Sahondrarisoa, including a phone with numbers and pictures that were confiscated. It was also uncovered that an establishment, called Rona Wildlife, was set up by Wong and held albino pythons and vipers, although its registered owners were neither Wong nor his wife. But an employee said on camera that his boss was Anson Wong.“Surely, this is a basis for Perhilitan to visit the premises, if not raid the premises as allowed for under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010,” said Kian Ming. Wong was eventually arrested in 2010 for transporting around 100 boa constrictors and jailed for 17 months although given a five-year sentence. Despite Perhilitan’s raid of Wong’s reptile sanctuary in Teluk Bahang where 50 wild animals were removed, Kian Ming questioned why Wong was not charged for it, given it was the latter’s reptile sanctuary. “The program also showed three serval cats in the Telok Bahang reptile sanctuary and these cats are listed under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). This alone should be sufficient for Perhilitan to raid the area,” Kian Ming added. According to Perhilitan, it revoked all licenses for wildlife trading and selling companies that belong to Wong and his wife, but after Wong’s conviction, a number of those companies had their business permits renewed with Rona Wildlife newly formed. “We call upon Minister G. Palanivel to hold a comprehensive inquiry into how Anson Wong was allowed to continue his activities in keeping and trading wildlife despite having his licenses revoked by Perhilitan in 2010 and to address the questions raised above,” said Kian Ming. It has been just a week since the release of the Al Jazeera 101 East documentary, in which it was uncovered that world famous wildlife trafficker Anson Wong was back to his old ways after his release from jail. The programme caught the attention of the public for documenting Malaysian-born Wong’s illegal trades of endangered wildlife, his domination of the wildlife trafficking business and his conviction.

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