Father and son arrested over monkey shooting

Monkey being shot

By Nadhirah Sofea Rashid

Police arrested a father and son in Perak last night for shooting a caged monkey - an incident they captured on video and which has since gone viral.

Inspector-general of police secretariat corporate communcations head Datuk Asmawati Ahmad said the men were nabbed by officers from Manjung district police at their house in Taman Kenangan, Setiawan.

"They were arrested at 9pm yesterday. Also found and seized was a pistol that is believed to have been used in the incident," she said. 

The video, which has sparked public outraged showed a man pointing a pistol towards a monkey that was kept inside a cage. 

The man was overheard forcing the monkey to say 'baby sayang'.

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Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said based on the footage, the man could be investigated under Section 39 of the Firearms Act 1960 for illegal discharge of firearm and Section 428 of the Penal Code for killing the monkey. 

Speaking about the firearm used, Huzir also said that even if the man has a license for it, no one is allowed to discharge a firearm freely. 

He added that each shot and each bullet used must be declared.