December 14, 2011
Note of thanks to Sabah govt for Shark Fin ban
By MENG YEW CHOONG
PETALING JAYA: Sabah's bold decision to restrict the shark fin trade next year
moved an individual so much that he decided to write a thank you letter, and got more than a dozen concerned
Malaysians to put their signatures on it.
Datuk Michelle Yeoh is one of those who think that Sabah has done the right thing,
and gladly put her signature on a letter of thanks drafted by Kirk Lee, founder of the Save Our Sharks From A Bowl
Of Soup movement.
The letter, a copy of which was made available to The Star, was sent to the state
government on Monday and was addressed to its Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi
Other than Yeoh, other names on the letter include former finance minister Tun
Daim Zainuddin, Petaling Jaya Mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman, model Amber Chia, actor Patrick Teoh, producer
Nell Ng and deejay Xandria Ooi.
A recreational diver, Lee described himself as a “typical Chinese who loves good
food”, until he saw a video that stunned him on how his bowl of shark fin soup was made.
Like Lee, Ooi's “conversion” was no less dramatic.
“I was in high school when I found out how shark fins were harvested and it
completely bewildered me as to why humans would go to great lengths of cruelty just to serve a dish in a
“If we think about it logically, there is absolutely no reason to consume shark
fins, other than the old adage of prestige',” she said.
Anti-shark fin activists have been notching up many victories recently, with the
revered Peninsula Hotel chain announcing last month that it would stop serving the dish from next year.
Source: The Star