Sunday, Nov 30, 2003

Jungle hunters may blow rats out of KL

KUALA LUMPUR, (AFP) - While the fabled Pied Piper blew spellbinding notes on his flute to rid Hamlyn of its rats, Kuala Lumpur is considering another type of wind instrument for the same job -- blowpipes.
The indigenous hunters of the Malaysian jungles, known as the 'orang asli', could be called into the Malaysian capital to blow thousands of rodents from the streets with their pipes and poison darts(AFP/File/Ahmad Yusni)
The indigenous hunters of the Malaysian jungles, known as the "orang asli", could be called into the Malaysian capital to blow thousands of rodents from the streets with their pipes and poison darts, a newspaper reported.
Many orang asli (literally "original people") still live off the jungle, using their two-metre-long (six foot) blowpipes to bring down monkeys, birds and small mammals.
According to a plan outlined in Kuala Lumpur City Hall's newsletter, the hunters would be paid per rat killed after a tail count, The Sun said.
The job would help them earn extra income while getting rid of the colonies of rodents which are a common sight in the backlanes of the sprawling capital, City Hall officials were quoted as saying.
The KL City News said 5,647 rodents were killed by the city's rodent control unit between January and September, but no details were given of how they died.