MELAKA: Melaka is not under attack from giant monitor lizards, says an exco member.
State Agriculture, Agro-Based, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Committee chairman Norhizam Hassan Baktee said it was untrue for anyone to claim that Melaka was under siege by "Godzilla".
"I received a call at 2am (July 5) claiming that giant monitor lizards were entering homes here.
"I checked with the state National Park and Wildlife Department and other relevant agencies, but no reports have been received," he said on Friday (July 3).
Norhizam said Melaka River was home to a high population of monitor lizards, but people would have alerted the Civil Defense Force or State Fire and Rescue Department if the reptiles entered their homes.
"The viral pictures of the monitor lizard climbing the fence of a house that was sent to me was probably from another state," he said.
Norhizam added that he didn't mind receiving calls in the wee hours of the morning, but hoped that the callers would first verify the messages received through social media before jumping to conclusions.