28 February 2018 (Wednesday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) Peninsular Malaysia and Taman Ehsan community representatives had a discussion on 22 February about the issue of conflict between monkeys and residents of the nearby housing area.
The dialogue, chaired by FRIM Deputy Director General (Operations) Dr Khali Aziz Hamzah, was attended by Taman Ehsan Rukun Tetangga Chairman Ghazali Zawawi and a resident, Mariam Ernest.
FRIM zoologist Mohammad Shahfiz Azman briefed the attendees on the primates’ population and ecosystem in FRIM; while Administration staf, Mohamad Akhir Abdul Rahman and Urban Forestry Branch representative Mazli Abdul Wahab explained the FRIM management’s efforts to curb the problem and ensure the tree maintenance at Taman Ehsan. PERHILITAN Selangor State Director Abd Rahim Othman shared the department’s experience and provided details on the actions and preventive measures taken by PERHILITAN in addressing this issue.
During the discussion, all parties agreed to play their respective roles and work together to resolve the issue. FRIM will continue to raise awareness amongst its visitors to discourage the feeding of wild animals; PERHILITAN to deal with complaints by setting up traps; whilst the nearby residents should also give their cooperation in ensuring they reduce the factors that attract these animals such as ensuring that proper waste disposal, among others.
Also present were the FRIM Administration Director Liza Ismail, Corporate Communication Head Toh An Nee, PERHILITAN Federal Territory Director Ahmad Mashur Julaihi and other representatives.