Sunday, April 15, 2007
What about monkeyrights?
Every day without fail, unless due to weather conditions, a Chinese Malaysian and an Indian Malaysian, rides their motorcycles to the foothill of the Ampang Forest Reserve, at Taman Tun Abdul Razak or Taman TAR to feed the monkeys.
There are three species of macaques living in the forest. The macaques, namely the silver-leaf or lutong in Malay, the pig-tail or beruk in Malay and the long-tail or monyet in Malay, will take turns to come down to the foothill for the food.
The monkeys are the 'original' residents of the forest reserve and Taman TAR was part and parcel of it. The forest was cleared for the housing estate by a company linked to the Selanor State Government
The beruks and the monyets are familiar with the Chinese and the Indian men for providing them with groundnuts, bananas and other local fruits and bread. Apart from these two kind gentlemen, others occasionally feed the monkeys when they come down to the edge of the forest, at least half a mile away from human dwellings.
But, alas! The Ampang Jaya Municiapl Council or MPAJ came out with a great idea. The council put up two signboards warning visitors not to feed the monkeys! The signboard says it is by order of "the President of Ampang Jaya Municipal Council".
I leave it to you, my weblog's visitors, to ponder whether the Council has the right to prevent the public from feeding the monkeys. What about monkeyrights?