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Monkey business as usual

Dean Johns

Published
Modified 29 Jan 2008, 10:21 am

Stone the crows and starve the lizards! Monkeys sure have been taking a pounding in Malaysia lately.

Umno Youth deputy head Khairy kicked it off by characterising bloggers as monkeys. Then Wee Meng Cheng, a Malaysian mass-communications student at Taiwan's Ming Chuan University created total uproar by monkeying-around with the national anthem in a satirical rap video he created and displayed on YouTube.

And now the natural resources and environment ministry has announced a lifting of a 23-year ban on the export of wild monkeys, a move that in itself smacks of the customary behind-the-scenes monkey business.

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