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Published: Thursday June 12, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday June 12, 2014 MYT 7:34:15 AM

Palanivel: Malaysia awaits China’s decision on tapirs

JERANTUT: Malaysia is still waiting a decision from the Chinese government on sending a pair of tapirs as a goodwill gesture to reciprocate China’s move to send two pandas to Malaysia.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Da-tuk Seri G. Palanivel said Ma­­laysia had already informed the Chinese government of its decision to send a pair of tapirs.

“We have informed China and if they (China) agree, we will send the tapirs by this year,” he told reporters after opening the First National Protected Areas Managers’ Conference at Taman Negara, Kuala Tahan, here yesterday.

Asked whether zoo visitors would be given free entry for a month to view the giant pandas – Fu Wu and Feng Yi – at Zoo Negara, Palanivel said the proposal was being considered.

“The proposal is still in the discussion stage. Free entry might be limited to a week or 10 days,” he said.

Meanwhile, the First National Protected Areas Managers’ Conference saw 70 protected area managers, conservation practitioners, policy makers and experts across Malaysia gathering for the first time here for three days starting yesterday. The conference is a collaboration of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Malaysia and Global Environment Facility. — Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Government, tapir, Malaysia

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