Untold narratives: Voices of FELCRA settlers towards Macaque monkeys in Hulu Melaka Malaysia

Kalthom Husain, Aida Nasirah Abdullah, Mohd Fauzi Kamarudin, Peter Denyer-Simmons, Mehmet Mehmet

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We present a case study of the social issues of wildlife conservation in Hulu Melaka Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (henceforth FELCRA). The depletion and destruction of rain forest promoted by man over originally pristine habitats have led to an increased competition between humans and wild animals for space and resources. This study analyses interviewees’ responses collected from a group of FELCRA settlers comprising of 15 peoples, which covers their perceptions and attitudes towards macaque monkeys in Hulu Melaka, Malaysia. We found that FELCRA populace revealed their widespread negative attitudes and perceptions towards conservation of long-tailed macaque found in the area via the in-depth interview conducted. The negative attitude was caused by wildlife damage to crops, losses of livestock to predators, loss of land to conservation, attacks to humans, lack of control over animal wildlife resources and had a relatively poor opinion of the Department of Wildlife. We suggest the reduction of the negative impacts of animal wildlife, through, for example, fencing of agricultural land, improved control of problem animals, and adequate compensation schemes. It is also essential that local communities be given more control over the wildlife resources than they currently enjoy.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 05 Jul 2017
EventAustralia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2017 Annual Conference - University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 04 Jul 201707 Jul 2017
http://anzca2017.com/ (Conference website)
http://anzca.net/conferences/past-conferences/2017-conf/p2.html (Conference proceedings)


ConferenceAustralia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) 2017 Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleCommunication worlds: Access, voice, diversity, engagement
OtherThe Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) brings together researchers, students, and teachers from an expanding array of communication disciplines. Established as the Australian Communication Association in 1980, the trans-Tasman character of the association was formally recognised in 1994. The Association encourages and promotes scholarship in the broad field of communication teaching and research and supports vital forums for communicating research. These include the annual conference and two journals, Communication Research and Practice and Media International Australia.
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