Saturday June 14, 2008
Giant footprints ‘found’ in Sarawak village, say reports
SIBU: Is Big Foot in Sarawak? That’s the question now on everyone's lips following the discovery of a pair of giant footprints in a Melanau village in Daro in the Mukah Division, about three hours by express boat from here.
The Borneo Post
English daily and its sister Chinese language newspaper See Hua Daily News
reported the find – footprints measuring almost 120cm from heel to toe and 43cm from side to side, on their front pages yesterday.
They reported that a local businessman, Tan Soon Kuang, had claimed to have seen the footprints at the village which he declined to identify at the request of the villagers.
“They are clearly too gigantic to belong to any normal human being,” he was quoted as saying.
One of the footprints measuring 120cm from heel to toe that was found in Daro, Sarawak. - Bernama
Tan also said that the villagers had mixed feelings about the discovery.
Some were curious while others were scared, he said.
Nevertheless, he said, the villagers had cleared a footpath leading to the footprints in anticipation of more visitors over the weekend.
It would be “tough for a person to create such marks on the hard ground”, said Tan.
A civil servant, who requested anonymity, said that he had seen the footprints but admitted that it was hard to say whether they were genuine without any scientific exploration.
He said many people had been visiting the village in the past few days to see the footprints.
He also said that in the olden days, the area was used by certain people for solitary meditation in the hope of getting whatever they desired from divine beings.
Jemoreng state assemblyman Abu Seman Jahwie said that he had yet to see the footprints although he had heard of the discovery.
Malaysians were in the grip of Big Foot mania about three years ago after several people claimed to have seen a Big Foot family which had left footprints measuring up to 45cm long in a forested area in Johor. – Bernama