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turtles; trade; smuggling; Malaysia; loopholes; tortoises; CITES
Smugglers appear to be exploiting the legal loopholes in Malaysian wildlife law as human couriers boldly carry exotic tortoises through Customs, knowing that they can get away with it.
The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) uncovered two such cases at the KL International Airport last month, but could not prosecute one of the couriers who was detained with a bagful of the banned Indian star-tortoise.
This is because not all turtle and tortoise species are in the list of protected species under the Protection of Wildlife Act 1972. The long-talked-about Wildlife Protection and Conservation Bill is not even on the list of bills to be tabled in the current Parliament session.