By Sean Whyte [Letter to Editor\
To make it easy for the Minister of Natural Resources & Environment (NRE) to understand and maybe even reply to I will try to keep this short.
Will the Minister now instruct his staff to destroy the ivory it has stashed away on government property?
Will it be done this week? No more delays, excuses or procrastination…now would be a good time to show the world Malaysia can and will get tough with the ivory traders, wouldn’t it?
If the ivory from about 10 confiscations representing 1,000 slaughtered elephants is still there, and frankly many doubt that it is.
Why not follow the example set by so many other countries and publicly destroy the ivory – now? Do not insult us by saying it is ‘evidence’ held for a criminal case. We all know no one has ever been or will be arrested.
Palanivel and his government have a great chance, right now, to redeem themselves a bit by destroying the ivory, in public.
In doing so it will send a very strong message to the ivory traders which, as we know, include the Mafia and terrorists. Who does the Minister wish to protect? The elephants or the illegal ivory traders?
The eyes of the world are upon Malaysia’s government, waiting to see if it will do the right thing by showing its disdain for the ivory trade and those who profit from it.
The writer is CEO of Nature Alert