The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) must explain how convicted wildlife trafficker Anson Wong was able to continue trading.
The ministry, had in October 2010, announced all licences held by Wong and his wife Cheah Bing Shee were revoked.
However, when asked during a recent interview by Al Jazeera how he was able to continue trading, Wong replied: “Ask the government”.
Wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic senior communications officer Elizabeth John said this was worrying and the government must clarify the situation.
She pointed out the ministry, had in 2010, announced in Parliament it had taken steps to ensure officers within its agencies would be prevented from colluding with wildlife smugglers.
John said Traffic wants the ministry and Perhilitan to declare all permits issued since 2010 to companies linked to Wong and Cheah that were revealed in the “Return of the Lizard King” documentary.
She said they must disclose who approved the permits and what species have been traded using those permits.
John said Traffic had written to the ministry for an explanation.
She asked if the authorities had investigated the contents made available in Wong’s laptop and the three handphones confiscated during this arrest in 2010. More....