2001 -- There have
been some reported sightings of hantu jarang, gigi or Bigfoot in the vast
Endau-Rompin Park in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The shy, hairy
and harmless creature is said to reside in the 40,197ha park but so far
no image of it has been captured. Orang
Asli who live in the forest and officers from the Forestry Department,
Rela members and some campers have reported of sightings of the Bigfoot
from a distance or finding its footprint in wet soil.
The "creature" as described has dark brown hair covering its
whole body, is about three metres tall (3 meters = 9.8 ft) and its footprint
is about 45 cm (18 inches long) in size - about twice the size of an adult
shoeless foot. One area where sightings have taken place is Sungai Kencin,
a tributary of the Endau River and reports include fish bones scattered
on the ground as if Bigfoot just had its meal. Orang Asli living in the
area believe that there are only three of them - a male, a female and
Pahang State Women's Affair, Culture, Arts and Tourism Committee chairperson
Maznah Mazlan while launching a 4 WD event in the forest reserve recently
said the big-foot has a keen sense of smell and would run away from humans.
She says it is believed that one way of
seeing the big-foot is by not taking a bath for two weeks! There have
been several sightings in the forest near Lubuk China, Malacca and locals
call the creature Ensut-Ensut.
Its foot is inverted. Ghazali Yaacob, a surveyor, says villagers have
reported having come face-to- face with the creature. The last sighting
is of the creature running out of a burning jungle with its young one
in search of shelter. In all the sightings, no one has reported of being
threatened by Bigfoot in any way.
© The New Straits Times Press
Endau Rompin National Park is located at north of Johor and south of Pahang
in Malaysia. The park encompasses 91,462 hectare of undisturbed Malayan
jungle. 48,765 hectare is in the Johor province while the rest is in Pahangs
territory. The jungle holds many secrets that defy modern technology.
Some of the most unique species of plants and animals still inhibit in
this jungle. Most of the rare flora and fauna is hard to discovered if
you are just passing through.
There is a large Orang
Asli settlement located in the park, peaceful people who keep with
the life style of the traditional aborigine people. In the National Park,
there is a splendid view of Natural waterfall like Upeh Guling, Batu Hampar,
Marong and the ultimate Buaya Sangkut.
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