The A’Famosa Resort in southern Malaysia is essentially a golf resort with a separate though adjoining area containing both domestic and wild animals. It has no conservation or education value. It is purely an amusement park for people.
Approximately 18 months ago, following a public campaign by Nature Alert, A’Famosa along with all other parks and zoos was banned from using orangutans in circus-like shows. i.e. dressing the orangutans in human clothes and then humiliating them in front of crowds twice a day seven days a week.
Since the shows were stopped all eight orangutans were kept in squalid conditions for 18 months, despite the government authorities being alerted every month to this abuse.
Recently all 8 orangutans were finally removed from A’Famosa, but with no assurance from the government they won’t one day be returned. Four of them originated from the forest of Sarawak. There is a perfectly good orangutan rehabilitation centre in Sarawak, to where these four should be sent instead of their present cramped cages in a zoo.
Please will you help us persuade the government of Malaysia to treat these orangutans with respect and dignity, giving them the chance to once again see and live in the forest, not on a concrete floor behind bars in a zoo?
After being abused for so long, they deserve to an opportunity to climb a tree again, pick wild fruit, feel the sun and rain on their backs, most of all feel freedom after all these years behind iron bars. Do you agree?
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Y.B. Dato' Sri Douglas Uggah Embas
Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment,
Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment,
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Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan,
Dear Minister Douglas Embas,
Four orangutans recently removed from the A'Famosa Tourist/Golf Resort where
they had been confined in squalid conditions for 18 months, are now in the Negara Zoo.
These orangutans once lived in the forest of Sarawak. Please will you authorise their return to Sarawak without delay?
While at A'Famosa for years they were dressed in human clothes and publicly humiliated each day of the year.
When the shows were banned following public protest the orangutans were stuffed into indoor cages and all appeals to Perhilitan to rescue these poor animals were ignored. The government officers paid to protect these orangutans, totally neglected them, and they were left to suffer.
Having endured so much suffering in their lives don't you think they now deserve the chance to be returned to Sarawak and to one day return to the forests? Isn't this the least we can all do for them now?
Sarawak has to be a better option and life for these orangutans than being confined in a golf resort or a zoo where people laugh and shout at them all day 365 days a years - isn't it Minister?
The flagship species of your country deserves respect and to be treated humanely does it not? A zoo is no place for such a magnificent animal is it Minister? Please give them a chance to experience the forest again - surely
after years of abuse this is the least your government can do for them.
A Friend of the Orangutans