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Disappearing orangutans a Sabah conspiracy?

July 5, 2012

FMT LETTER: From J Elford (UK), via e-mail

I remember not long ago reading a letter inviting the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) to come clean and explain exactly who had killed 300 orangutans and if there had been any subsequent arrests and prosecutions.

I don’t recall seeing a reply, so along with many others presumably, I’m left asking myself various questions like, ‘why have the SWD not responded to such a reasonable question?.

Why the secrecy? Is the SWD covering up for friends in the palm oil industry? and not least, why are other protected species in Sabah rapidly disappearing?

It’s way past time we heard from Mr Laurentius Yambu, head of the SWD. If not him, perhaps Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun could explain the cause of his state’s disappearing endangered species, especially orangutans – the one species which earns Sabah millions of dollars every year and provides employment for hundreds of people.

Is it unreasonable to expect government officials to answer such questions?


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