The recent announcement of the establishment of a Wildlife Crime Bureau (WCB) by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim, offers hope in the fight to protect the Malaya tiger.
WWF-Malaysia commended the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) for this welcome declaration which marked another step forward in the fight against poaching and wildlife trade. We also thank the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA) and WILDLIFE for their overwhelming support in prosecuting wildlife crimes.
Since the number of wild tigers is still below 200, I hope to see some significant changes in our fight for the Malaya tiger:
In June, Cabinet agreed on nine strategic actions for the conservation of these species over a period of 10 years from 2021 to 2030.
In September, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan announced the establishment of a National Defense Force (MyTTF) headed by the Prime Minister, and the formation of a Tiger Task Team (TWG) to secure way. to increase the number of tigers in the wild.
In October, Amendment Bill 2021 by a unanimous vote in Parliament marked the timely action for the endangered wildlife in Malaysia.
The 2022 budget released in October announced the allocation of RM450 million for environmental and biodiversity efforts.
WWF-Malaysia has been advocating for several years for the establishment of a wildlife crime unit under the PDRM and the National Tiger Task Force led by a high-level government. The establishment of similar operational forces and wildlife crime groups in Nepal and India since the 1970s has been instrumental in the gradual increase of wild tigers and it is expected that this will be repeated. and Malaysia. It will take time and nothing is lost.
The number of wildlife in our country has declined in just a few decades as a result of poaching and wildlife trade. If this is allowed to continue unchecked, our forests will be devoid of wildlife that provides environmental balance. The relentless presence of tigers in the wild is key to balancing the forest environment needed for our longevity.
By protecting the tiger’s habitat, we protect a variety of environmental services provided by forests such as clean water, fresh air, flood reduction, and other natural resources; all that is useful to us. With strong protection, the tiger area also retains more carbon than other forests in the area, helping to mitigate climate change.
Over the years, we have worked hard to protect Malayan tigers in the country, through patrol efforts, advocacy, and numerous conferences to develop research and advocacy. It’s a very long journey and is now at its peak that can turn waves of extinction into a popular national symbol.
By establishing MyTTF, TWG, and WCB and all the nations that collect them, from anti-poaching organizations to donor support and Maybank, our tiger conservation partners, KeTSA, PDRM, PERHILITAN, other organizations, and NGOs. it is also well on its way to restoring the numbers of wild tigers.
He really needs the community to save the Malaysian tigers. It is important to continue to encourage.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri, Dr. Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, told Dewan Rakyat that Malaysia will lose the Malaysian tiger in 5-10 years if drastic measures are not taken immediately.
The implementation of nine strategic actions is important to save this species, even more so now that the Year of the Tiger is upon us. Indeed, what does the Year of the Tiger in five years mean if there are no tigers in the wild? Do we also want our Coat of Arms to be a beautiful national symbol that cannot be saved from extinction?