The smuggler (a 42-year-old man) said that he bought it from a pet shop in Johor for religious purposes. If that was true, i believe that the leaders of the various religious group need to step up efforts to educate its followers to drop this tradition of releasing animals as part of penance, as it perpetuates indirectly the industry of animal/bird capturing and smuggling.
|Munia's (Scally) in the wild where they belong|
Live birds brought in without an Agri-food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) permit violates the Animals and Birds Act, which carries a maximum penalty of S$10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.
Source (last visited 9 April 2011)
Flapping sounds give away bird smuggler. Channelnewsasia, 8 April 2011