The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry was told off by the DAP today for failing to take firm action against wildlife trader Anson Wong Keng Liang for smuggling endangered species despite various reports by the foreign and local media.
Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming said when Wong was arrested in August 2010 for attempting to smuggle 95 endangered boa constrictors to Indonesia, authorities seized his laptop and three mobile phones.
He said that there could have been valuable information about Wong's illegal wildlife trading activities in the laptop and mobile phones.
"The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) claimed in 2010 that it had revoked all the wildlife licences issued to Wong and his wife Cheah Bing Shee. But companies such as Rusa Wildlife, CBS Wildlife and Bukit Jambul Reptile Sanctuary are all still operating," Ong revealed.
"If Perhilitan is serious about putting an end to the wildlife smuggling which Wong and his wife are allegedly involved in, why do they not use their authority under the Wildlife Protection Act 2010 to check premises owned by the couple to see whether there are any endangered wildlife there?" asked Ong.
Al-Jazeera recently broadcast a show entitled "Return of the Lizard King" where one of its journalists went undercover to talk to wildlife dealers and said that Wong was believed to be trading albino pythons and other animals from his base in Teluk Bahang, Penang.
The Qatar-based network also showed documents which revealed shell companies used by Wong to conceal his alleged illicit activities. Illegal trade in wildlife is estimated to be worth at least US$19 billion (RM60.8 billion) annually. More....