By L. Suganya, Dina Murad
Vast corruption allowed wildlife trafficker Anson Wong’s activities to continue through proxy parties, alleged PKR vice-president N.Surendran who blasted authorities for being lax in apprehending him.
Surendran claimed the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) and the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry were not clamping down properly on the continued illegal wildlife activities. . [sic\.
In a joint press conference on Wednesday, Surendran and DAP's Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming alleged that although Wong and his wife Cheah Bing Shee had their licence to trade under the company CBS Wildlife revoked in October 2010, they still maintain their activities through proxy firm, Rona Wildlife which is based in Penang.
On Nov 21, an Al Jazeera documentary exposed the activities of Wong which continues even after he was caught and imprisoned in the United States for wildlife trafficking.
Surendran alleged that although Rona Wildlife is listed as being formally owned by others, water and electricity bills of Rona Wildlife are listed under the name of Cheah.
Surendran also called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate all the DWNP officers who may be complicit.
“While the USA spent years trying to apprehend Wong, Malaysian authorities were happily assisting and facilitating Wong’s wildlife smuggling while he was behind bars,” he claimed.
Surendren added that for wildlife trafficking to be carried out successfully, the traffickers need to pay off customs, local enforcements and local wildlife authorities as the operation has to go through airports and needs permits. More....