Malaysia: Corruption in wildlife trade spreading like wildfire, says Sabah MACC chief

Corruption involving the lucrative international wildlife trade is spreading rapidly and becoming hard to contain, says Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Sabah director S. Karunanithy.

“Worldwide, bribery in crimes involving wildlife smuggling is increasingly spreading at a worrying pace and has become one of the driving forces for the illicit trade that is still hard to curb at the national and international levels.

“Bribery is no longer seen as only a local problem but has evolved into a transboundary crime phenomenon, ” he said during a workshop on laws governing anti-corruption, as well as witness and whistleblower protection.

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