A report by R.AGE linking police officials to wildlife smuggling syndicates has triggered a corruption probe in Malaysia.
The Malaysian Inspector-General of Police will investigate reports of police officers being involved in smuggling activities including wildlife trade.
Pangolins are popularly used in traditional Chinese medicine, but TCM practitioners say consumers should consider other alternatives.
Undercover interviews by The Star’s R.AGE team reveal that Malaysian police are a key link in the global pangolin smuggling trade.
Animal loving engineer Peter Chan has come to Sabah to initiate the setting up of a pangolin research centre and sanctuary, but he would need the public’s assistance to keep the programme afloat.
What is Malaysia’s role in the illicit trade of pangolins? Malaysia is home to the Sunda pangolin, one of eight existing species of pangolins in the world. It is also known to be a source and transit country in the global pangolin trade, including those from Africa. Seizure records show that it is in the…