'King Kong' island to set up in Melaka to handle macaque menace

By TIN Media | Nation News Published 11 months ago on 2 November 2019
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MELAKA:

With the recent incidents of human attacks from long-tailed macaques, the state hopes to gazette one of the 12 islands off its coast as a "King Kong" park and relocate the macaque to the allocated island. The species are often seen to be harassing people including women and children.

 Norhizam Hassan Baktee, State Agriculture, Agro-Based, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Committee chairman said he was looking at Pulau Nangka as a sanctuary for the macaques.

He added, "We need to address the macaque issue at once before it's too late,".

According to the reports, On October 8, Tuesday, a two-year-old boy from Alor Gajah named Muhammad Anuar while walking with his father at a Taman Bukit Emas park was injured after being set upon by macaques. His father Muhammad Zaki Abu Bakar, a 35-year-old man managed to save both of them and avoid the attack by seeking shelter inside a stranger's house.

Highlighting the incident, Norhizam said that this was not the first monkey attack incident, adding that this was why he had suggested that an island be declared a sanctuary for macaques so they could be relocated there. He said there had been more than 580 reports of macaque attacks since January this year.

He added, "The island would be planted with fruit trees to ensure sufficient food for the primates,".

Norhizam said that Melaka Department of Wildlife and National Parks statistics showed that there are approximately 118 troops of macaques in the state who would need relocation, proper food and shelter to avoid them with any human interaction or grabbing items from people and smashing the windshields of the vehicles.


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