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Protection of Wildlife Act 1972

In Malaysia, the Protection of Wildlife Act was enacted in 1972, repealing the Wild Animals and Birds Protection Ordinance 1955, which was set up by British colonial administration.

Legal framework is one very important aspect in wildlife conservation. This piece of act has never been reviewed after its enactment, which is 36 years ago…

Coincidentally, when I did a google search on this act, it gave the Indian’s Protection of Wildlife Act 1972…

Anyway, binatang-binatang liar in the East Malaysia is not protected under this act. Apparently the parks, the wildlife and the wild trees (or are they tamed? 😛 ) in the state of Sabah and Sarawak are not federal government’s business (which can be good and bad~). So the act is only protecting the Peninsular Malaysia’s wildlife.

According to Wikipedia, the Sabah’s wildlife is protected under Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 and Sabah Biodiversity Enactment 2001. The Sarawak’s wildlife is protected Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998 and Sarawak Biodiversity Ordinance 1998. (Sabah’s under Sabah Wildlife department; Sarawak’s under Sarawak Forestry, the one which wants to cut more trees than to protect the environment 😛 )

Well, 36 years vs 10/11 years… The Malayan Nature Society (MNS), TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Worldwide fund for nature Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) jointly participated in “government’s initiative and intention in revising this law” (I’m surprised by the “government’s initiative”!!!). Here are some “issues and recommendations”, if you even bother to read 😛 .

In this season of petition, please spend one or two more minutes to sign this petition (by the NGOs) to call for extensive review and amendment with public input of this hyper-outdated law!

WWF style: The cute tigers and the ever-charming sun bears in Peninsular Malaysia will rely on you to stay alive!!!!

By the way, I’ve signed the petition, 12th signature :D, the petition collected 755 signatures right now, and the target is 100,000… Errrr………….. But yeah, the signatories are from everywhere~

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