FMT LETTER: From Arju Raw, via e-mail
I’m saddened to hear about the revelations on the Port Dickson Ostrich Farm and Port Dickson Zoo by Ismail Mamat in his letter, ‘Wildlife authorities tarnishing Malaysia’s reputation’ to FMT. Why has the PD Ostrich Farm gotten worse when NRE had said that confiscations would take place there?
What happened when Perhilitan officers visited that place? Why did confiscations not take place? Perhilitan appears in the mainstream media as if they are doing an excellent job with reports of sporadic busts of wildlife smuggling, but that is as good as it gets. Why does it seem like most zoos get preferential treatment from Perhilitan? Will the confiscations now take place since this embarrassing news has been revealed?
It is unbelievable Port Dickson zoo has been selling their animals off without a license. I can only imagine where and in what condition the animals auctioned off are in. It seems to me that Perhilitan officers had visited PD Zoo. Since that zoo had closed down, how come Perhilitan allowed it to sell off its wild animals without a license, clearly an act which violates the Wildlife Act. I smell something sinister, too.
This news puts a question mark on the integrity of Perhilitan Negeri Sembilan. I have noticed horrible pet shops along Jalan Tun Dr Ismail, and on Jalan Kapitan Tam Yeong the ‘Negeri Sembilan Bird Fan Club’ runs magpie fights openly, in public view, without fear of prosecution. This happens because of the lack of enforcement and checks by Perhilitan. Will Perhilitan raid the bird club and drag its members to court and uphold the law?