ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Lizard King put on ice
'We have revoked all wildlife trading permits and licences issued to Wong and his wife Cheah Bing Shee,' the new head of the wildlife department in the northern state of Penang, Jamalun Nasir Ibrahim, said.
'Once we ensure that all the relevant laws have been followed, we will also seize all wildlife species at his shop and home,' he added. Wong was caught in August at Kuala Lumpur International Airport after he attempted to smuggle 95 endangered boa constrictors to neighbouring Indonesia.
Mr Jamalun said a special team would be deployed to round up Wong's wildlife once the logistics to house the animals were settled. Malaysia's wildlife authorities have come under intense scrutiny following Wong's arrest with the former department head in Penang transferred out.
In addition to withdrawing the trading permits, Mr. Jamalun said authorities would also seize Wong's two Bengal tigers and a crocodile.
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