Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 29th, 2006
One of the great things about the explosion of media interest in the "Bigfoot" stories out of Malaysia is that the papers have to come up with more and more details to keep the interest level of their articles sharp. And these news items gives us the opportunity to learn more new news, and some old too.
This weekend, of course, we’ve seen recycled stories of the last two weeks – expeditions planned, expedition delayed, teams to investigate – so much so that the media is losing track of the chronology.
What seems certain is that officials in Malaysia are taking the accounts seriously, and sincere examinations will be taking place.
Furthermore, more insights into last year’s encounters are being published.
Take, for example, the Independent’s article for January 29, 2006. Jan McGirk in Bangkok reports on some intriguing "new" historical background:
Malaysia has been gripped by Bigfoot fever since November  when…three labourers digging a fish pond said they glimpsed a Bigfoot family of three on a river bank in Kota Tinggi reserve. They dropped their tools and fled but returned with an educated colleague to inspect and photograph the enormous footprints. A clump of brown fur, drenched with sour-smelling sweat, was also said to be recovered from the site, along with scattered fish bones.
First time that I have heard there may be a hair sample.
McGirk goes on:
Last August , a frog catcher from the Orang Asli tribe claimed he encountered an auburn-haired tropical yeti scratching itself on a tree. Hamid Mohd Ali, 31, stopped about 30ft short of the creature which was twice his height. "I could see its teeth but I did not wait to find out if it was smiling at me or whether it saw me as its meal," he said. "In this year alone, four villagers have claimed to have seen it and we think this is because of the shrinking jungle."
The Independent called on old quotes from a trusted authority too:
Jane Goodall, one of the world’s most distinguished primatologists, is an unashamed Bigfoot and Yeti enthusiast. "You’ll be amazed when I tell you that I’m sure that they exist," she said in one interview. "The existence of hominids of this sort is a very real probability."
All kinds of good news continues to come out of Malaysia.
The Malaysian state of Johor is organizing an official search for one of its most famous and elusive inhabitants: the legendary apeman Bigfoot.
The hairy hominids are known by a variety of names around the world: Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti or the Abominable Snowman. But Malaysia, where tribal people call the creatures siamang, Mawas, or Hantu Jarang Gigi, ("snaggle-toothed ghost"), will be the first country openly to endorse an official attempt to track them down.
[The siamang ( Hylobates syndactylus), needless to say, is a known primate, an ape, and not a cryptid, as this article by McGirk would have you think. The siamang is the largest and darkest of the gibbons.]
While most media accounts are repeats of the same old Malaysian stories, occasionally there’s one with new material.