By Sean Whyte
Last week in Togo, West Africa, saw the arrest, at last, of a ‘Mr Big’ in ivory smuggling. He is alleged to be responsible for the slaughter of as many as 10,000 elephants.
In December 2012 a shipment of 1,500 pieces of ivory representing 750 dead elephants, was confiscated in Port Klang by Royal Malaysia Customs. The country of origin was stated as Togo.
The Malaysian-based importer is clearly known to the customs authorities, Perhilitan, the police and MACC.
The most recent confiscation heavily implicated by name another Malaysian company. In neither case has anyone in Malaysia been arrested. Indeed, there have been about seven confiscations in the past two years, without a single arrest or prosecution.
If that was not bad enough, Perhilitan itself remain under a black cloud of suspicion, repeatedly refusing as it does to confirm or deny it has illegally given away or sold ivory. If innocent of the charges why won’t Perhilitan open up its stockpiles of ivory to independent audit by the highly trusted Traffic organisation?
Perhilitan. Come on – own up. Have you illegally sold or given away any ivory? Could the absence of any arrests of ivory smugglers in Malaysia be linked to Perhilitan’s silence on this issue? What do you think?
MACC, what are you waiting for before investigating Perhilitan over this ivory issue? An invitation from the DG? For all the use MACC has ever been with investigating Perhilitan in the past the senior staff may as well stay at home and be replaced in their offices with cardboard cut-outs, better still puppets; no one would ever know. More....