Malaysiakini Letter

Ban harvesting, trade and serving of shark fins in Malaysia

Sharan Raj

LETTER | We refer to the Malaysiakini article M’sia 2nd largest importer of shark fins in the world - report.

It’s extremely embarrassing and disgusting that Malaysia is the second-largest importer of shark fins. 

According to UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, Malaysia consumption of shark fins increased by 54 percent per annum between 2004 and 2011.

To further embarrass Malaysia, the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources voted against a proposal to protect several species of sharks and rays from exploitation at a Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) last month.

Clearly, Malaysia commitment to protect our delicate maritime ecosystem is highly questionable. 

The inhumane way of harvesting shark fins is more than sufficient reason to ban harvesting, trade and serving of shark fins in Malaysia.

Pakatan Harapan needs to get their act together and work to save our nation’s maritime treasures. 

Malaysia should list as endangered rays and sharks administrated under the Fisheries Act to prevent them from being fished and traded. 

PSM urges a ban on all form of activities involving shark fins.

The writer is a PSM Environment & Climate Crisis Bureau member.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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