TUARAN – Conservation may be daunting but it ensured that the future generation are able to enjoy wildlife.
According to Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, Malaysia is committed on combating wildlife trafficking to ensure against their extinction due to illicit action by criminals.
“It is in our interest because we understand that this activity has affected the world’s precious biodiversity,” he said speaking at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking luncheon at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort Tuaran, here today.
He stated that one of the measures to stop the wildlife trafficking is through collaboration from all countries, governments and organisations.
“On combating the wildlife trafficking it requires extensive involvements of many countries in building up their networking as this issue is a serious international crime issue,” he said.
Palanivel said one of the species that faces with extinction is the Sumatran Rhino.
“The only hope for the Sumatran Rhino lies in bringing as many individuals as possible into captive, closely manage the facilities and to use advanced reproductive technology,” he said.
He also applauded the Sabah State government through Sabah Wildlife Department for their tireless effort to conserve the Sumatran Rhino.
Palanivel informed that in order to further facilitate this initiative, his ministry will present a paper on Conservation Efforts to Impede the Extinction of Sumatran Rhino and Endangered Species in the National Biodiversity Council to the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who will chair the council.
“I believe that this will lead to a stronger collaborative partnership between the federal government and the state government of Sabah to ensure the continuity of our natural heritage in the future,” he said. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah