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Published: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 1:59:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 3:28:01 PM

Lizard King reigns through proxy firms, say Opposition MPs

N. Surendran and Ong Kian Ming during the press conference regarding Anson Wong.

N. Surendran and Ong Kian Ming during the press conference regarding Anson Wong.

PETALING JAYA: 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. . 

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.
 
Meanwhile, Ong urged the authorities to use their power under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 which allows DWNP officers to conduct a search of the premises without a warrant as long as there is reasonable suspicion of illegal activities. 

“Surely there is more than enough evidence to allow for a raid. So far, there has only been a press statement by the ministry but no proper action.

“The Federal Government has all the resources to track down and arrest Wong. If two MPs can do it, and if a foreign journalist can, then surely they can too,” Ong said.

Tags / Keywords: courts and crime, wildlife trading, Anson Wong, N. Surendran, Ong Kian Ming

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