Penang wildlife dept boss transferred

Posted on September 7, 2010. Filed under: Laws and Regulations |

-The Star- PETALING JAYA: Natural Re­­sources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said his ministry would appeal and seek a tougher penalty against international wildlife trafficker Anson Wong.

“I believe Wong got off lightly.

“My ministry will appeal for an appropriate penalty for a man who has a clear conviction record abroad,” he told The Star, adding that he would soon meet NGOs to eradicate loopholes in traffic enforcement.

In George Town, news of the transfer of the Penang National Park and Wildlife Department director to another state effective on Oct 1 became a hot topic among the employees of the state office.

Uggah confirmed that the director would be transferred to Terengganu but he declined to elaborate on the reasons to transfer the director.

A Wildlife Department official said the news came as a surprise to staff in the office yesterday morning.

“Everyone was puzzled as to why he should be transferred at such short notice,” said the official.

“The director will be on holiday during Hari Raya and will continue with his leave prior to the transfer.”

The director was posted to Penang in 2006 when he was promoted to the post of state National Park director.

Prior to that he was a senior officer at the department’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

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