They risk life, limb and arrest in search of durians in S'pore
Friends risk life, limb and arrest in search of the king of fruit
A heavy thud broke through the thick forest at Mandai Road.
It caught the attention of carpenter Lee Tian Xing, 65, who immediately darted in the direction of the sound on Monday.
He reached the spot, brushed some leaves away and smiled gleefully.
He got what he was after: A durian.
“It will not be as good as D24 (a better grade of the fruit),” he said, “but it should taste good enough.”
Mr Lee said he picked up about 10 durians that day from his four-hour stakeout.
He said: “Some of the durians were too small and had little flesh.
“I would try them first before throwing them away.”
By the time he left the area, he had taken home six durians to share with his family. He was accompanied by two friends, who wanted to be known only as Mr Lim and Mr Soo.
But it is not all sweet for the group.
Their pursuit, while mostly fruitful, is illegal.
This article was first published in The New Paper on Nov 29, 2013.