'Hogzilla' shot dead in boar hunt on grounds of Melaka CM's residence

Seri Bendahara, the official residence of the Melaka Chief Minister located in Ayer Keroh Melaka. -filepic

MELAKA: Perhilitan rangers gunned down a massive 150kg wild boar at the Chief Minister's official residence, Seri Bendahara, in Ayer Keroh here.

State Agriculture, Agro-based, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee said he had never seen such a large specimen despite accompanying the rangers on such operations since 2018.

“We also culled another male and trapped three females at Seri Bendahara during an operation at the Chief Minister’s residence late Monday (Feb 15) night, ” he said when met at the Pengkalan Batu community service centre here on Tuesday (Feb 16).

Norhizam said the male boars pose a threat to people and are commonly known as “babi tunggal”.

He said local myths held that these large beasts are invincible and hard to track because of an "amulet" on a chain made of its own hair.

The orang asli community also believes that this amulet has mythical powers, making it much sought after by traditional healers, he added.

Norhizam said aside from the Seri Bendahara haul, Perhilitan also culled nine more wild boars during Monday's operation.

The other areas targeted were Kampung Baru and Bukit Pulau, both in Bukit Katil; Muzaffar at Ayer Keroh; and the Customs Department academy at Bukit Baru here.

The operation at Seri Bendahara was mounted after a herd of wild pigs was seen foraging in the vast green lung surrounding the Chief Minister’s residence.

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