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UK-based nature NGO praises Sarawak CM

NOW I normally pay no heed to foreign NGOs that are hell-bent on criticising everything that the government does to ensure a sound economic future for the State and country.

That is why reading this open letter by Sean Whyte from the UK-based NGO Nature Alert was such a shocker – but for once in a totally positive way!

Now I have to give some background here. Whyte has a tendency to write so-called open letters accusing all and sundry of all sorts of environmental abuses.

Orangutan Appeal UK had this to say about his writings against them: “untrue, unfounded and uneducated accusations”.

Loo Kean Seong, director of consultancy division, Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) said: “We can confirm that he is on a mission to condemn Malaysian wildlife conservation efforts” and “This self-elected, so called ‘Apes crusader’, is just a cyber space champion using the internet only and too timid to deal face to face to solve conservation issues that he created.”

The Malaysian Palm Oil Council’s CEO Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Yusof Basiron said: “Sean Whyte of Nature Alert maliciously spammed the mail boxes of many around the world seeking an endorsement for his ill conceived ‘No Kill Policy’ prior to and after the Sabah Wildlife Conservation Colloquium (SWCC 2012).”

This is why Whyte’s latest open letter is really incredible.

Whyte praised Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem for his impressive leadership. Yes, praised our CM!!

He commended the CM’s “zero tolerance attitude towards illegal logging and associated corruption” saying that Adenan has won plaudits worldwide.

“Adenan Satem is a rare example of a leader who walks his talk on this issue,” said Whyte.

“Speaking as someone who monitors environmental news worldwide and publishes a daily newspaper on the same subject, I can’t think of another head of government in the world who displays such a zeal for eradicating illegal logging and associated corruption.”

He also said Sarawak under our CM is a global leader in the fight against illegal logging.

“There are plenty of government people the world over who talk openly about clamping down on illegal logging, but this chief minister is the only person I see ‘walking the talk’. He deserves our thanks and support.”

WOW! Amazing!! High praise that is indeed well-deserved for our CM.

We really must give Adenan our support on this issue and do our part as well to battle the scourge of illegal logging in our State.

Here is Whyte’s open letter:

A year ago I could never have imagined even in my wildest dreams, saying this – I am impressed with the leadership being shown by Sarawak’s chief minister.

His zero tolerance attitude towards illegal logging and associated corruption is commendable and winning plaudits worldwide. Adenan Satem is a rare example of a leader who walks his talk on this issue.

Speaking as someone who monitors environmental news worldwide and publishes a daily newspaper on the same subject, I can’t think of another head of government in the world who displays such a zeal for eradicating illegal logging and associated corruption.

I’m quite sure stamping out illegal logging in Sarawak will remain a work in progress for quite some time. No one can turn back decades of criminality in one year. What I can say is this; Sarawak is currently leading the world. In most countries plagued by illegal logging it’s only going from bad to worse.

There are plenty of government people the world over who talk openly about clamping down on illegal logging, but this chief minister is the only person I see ‘walking the talk’. He deserves our thanks and support.

Sean Whyte, CEO of Nature Alert

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