Saturday, August 20

Authorities urged to remove wild monkeys in Shang Garden


Two monkeys seen at a house in Shang Garden.

MIRI: The authorities have been urged to take seriously public complaints about wild monkeys roaming around Shang Garden, near Pelita Commercial Centre.

Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon on Sunday said he had received a report that two wild monkeys roaming in the area had attacked a woman while she was about to feed her dog – she sustained some minor scratches on her leg in the incident.

“This is very serious. The wild monkeys have been there for about a year already. I’ve forwarded this problem to the relevant authority but no action has been taken yet to remove the monkeys from the residential area. Now, one of the residents has been attacked. The relevant authority should remove the monkeys,” he spoke during a press conference in DAP Miri headquarters yesterday, adding that monkeys could transmit infectious diseases to humans.

He also said he had talked to the Sarawak Forestry Corporation to seek its cooperation in addressing the matter.

“It is a serious matter when people get attacked by wild monkeys. It is because human health is much more important and Shang Hai Garden is a residential area.

“Thus, there is a need for the relevant authority to remove those wild monkeys from living with the residents and creating a nuisance in the area,” said Dr Ting.