A Singaporean named Sulong is unique among employers. His workers are monkeys. He employs them?
MV Sulong and monkeys on bicycle along path
MV Sulong unties monkey
SV Monkeys led into village
LV Monkey shins up tree
SCU Cutaway Sulong holding lead
LV Tree ZOOM IN to monkey on top
SCU Monkey at work (3 shots)
SCU Sulong tugs lead
SV Coconut drops
SCU Coconut lands on ground
MV Sulong puts coconuts into bag
MV Sulong returns to bicycle
SCU Monkeys fed with milk (3 shots)
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Background: A Singaporean named Sulong is unique among employers. His workers are monkeys. He employs them to harvest coconuts. A well-trained monkey can harvest the fruit of 40 trees in one morning. And there are no labour troubles - as long as the workers get plenty of milk.
SYNOPSIS: In Singapore a man called Sulong sates off for his day's work - and the monkeys with him are his work-force.
Plantation owners employ Sulong - and his monkeys - to harvest coconuts for them. Today they have been invited to this village and soon the monkeys are shinning up the palm trees. A well-trained monkey can harvest the fruit of 60 trees in a morning.
Sulong is a hospital attendant but he finds collecting coconuts is a profitable sideline. His staff can claim to be the equal of any man at their trade and they never go on strike or ask for a pay rise. They can even sort out the ripe coconuts from fruit which is not ready. A human being might find this job monotonous but the monkeys seem happy in their work. They would turn out seven days a week if asked.
The owner of this unique work-force says there is nothing strange about it. "Why shouldn't monkeys work like this?" he asks. "After all, there is an old saying that monkeys are almost human".
The day's work over, Sulong returns to his bicycle and the monkeys get their reward - in milk. Sulong says his work idea is not a monkey trick or gimmick. The animals do a profitable job for him and in return they are well cared for. And they never argue with the boss.