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Agencies must work together to battle graft in growing animal trade: Malaysian officials by MUGUNTAN VANAR August 03,2020   |  Source: The Star

Inter-agency cooperation is vital to combat corruption in the growing and lucrative international wildlife trade, say enforcement authorities in Malaysia.

Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) director Augustine Tuuga said corruption was multifaceted and could occur at every stage of the wildlife, forestry and fisheries value chain.

“It can include bribes for information on the movement of animals or patrols, or to obtain rights and quotas, or grease the wheels of shipments, to ensure that they are not inspected or seized, ” he said during a workshop on laws governing anti-corruption, witness and whistleblowers protection.

The workshop was attended by Sabah and Sarawak wildlife crime investigators as part of efforts to fight against the illicit international trade of fast diminishing wildlife.

Tuuga said it was important for his department to work with all partners to build understanding and ensure that wildlife, forest and fisheries agencies were trained and equipped to respond to corruption.

“The department is also looking forward to collaboration with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). We will work towards the creation of an Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan, ” he said during the workshop organised by SWD, MACC and Danau Girang Field Centre


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