By Melissa Chi
Following the expose by international news channel Al-Jazeera, DAP MP Dr Ong Kian Ming today urged Putrajaya to set up an inquiry into how the notorious “Lizard King”, or Anson Wong, had allegedly been able to continue with his illegal wildlife trade.
Ong said the Al-Jazeera 101 East programme — “The Return of the Lizard King” — aired on November 21, had raised many serious issues that must be answered by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.
“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.
“In the Al-Jazeera programme, Minister Palanivel said that he would clamp down on corruption in his Ministry. If this is the case, he should update the public as to the result of the MACC investigation into Perhilitan after Anson Wong’s arrest in 2010,” Ong said in a statement here.
It was reported last week that Palanivel had admitted to Al-Jazeera reporter and presenter Steven Chao to not being aware of Wong prior to the interview and appeared in the dark over sanctions supposedly imposed on Wong’s trade following his conviction in 2010.
Today, Ong, the MP for Serdang, asked why Wong had not been charged even after his arrest in August 2010 for transporting almost 100 boa constrictors. During the incident, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) had also raided Wong’s reptile sanctuary in Teluk Bahang where 50 wild animals were removed.
Ong also questioned the outcome of the investigation from the arrest when Wong’s laptop and three phones were confiscated.
While Perhilitan claimed that all wildlife trading and selling licences belonging to Wong and his wife had been revoked in 2010, Ong pointed out that their companies, Sungai Rusa Wildlife, CBS Wildlife, and Bukit Jambul Reptile Sanctuary, had wildlife trading activities listed as part of their business. More....