Wildlife crimes flourish due to corruption, says minister

Posted on June 25, 2010. Filed under: Bio-diversity |

– Bernama- KOTA KINABALU: Poaching and smuggling of exotic wildlife here continues as these wildlife crimes are aided by a “third force.”

That ‘force’, which goes by the unsavoury name of corruption, is considered the main challenge in combating such crimes.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said that although the situation in the state was not alarming, there have been instances where Borneo wildlife was recorded or photographed in other parts of the world, suggesting foul play at work.

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