Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 13th, 2006
The Bernama news service is reporting that the startling new discoveries in the Foja Mountains of Papua, Indonesia, are good news for the possible discovery of Bigfoot in Malaysia. But also, there is the hint of a new cryptid in this news.
The Endau-Rompin National Park, bordering Johor and Pahang, now has an increased possibility for "new species" discoveries, the Indonesia government declares, since all the Malaysian search activity noted here at Cryptomundo in recent months: sightings, footprint finds, and expeditions. Of all variables, the most encouraging has been the official government’s open-minded and even-handed approach, with national and regional support of the hunt for these unknown hairy hominoids.
Bernama reporter Mohd Haikal Mohd Isa writes:
A local biodiversity and environment expert Vincent Chow said he was highly optimistic of such discovery at the 250 million year old nature reserve because so far only 10 percent of the area was studied by the scientific community.
"There are many ‘surprises’ awaiting [us] including the possibility of discovering " ‘Bigfoot’ or ‘Orang Mawas.’ There are still many forest and mountain range in the country that is yet to be explored by humans up to now, including the Orang Asli who dwell there," said Chow who created a sensation last December  when he revealed the possible existence of a creature similar to the Bigfoot in the western part of the park.
Chow told the reporter that
…the Orang Asli community residing in the Endau-Rompin national park claimed that many times they had come across animals that are difficult to identify. The Orang Asli dwelling in Selai, the entry point to the western part of the reserve, once claimed that they had come across an animal known as the "Setontot" that creeps on the forest floor.
What is the Setontot? A new mystery primate? An unknown cryptid feline? A rainforest herbivore, like the saola of the "Lost World" of Laos-Vietnam, yet to be discovered?
Chow also discussed how 92 new species of fish have been found there, several unknown at the park.
"Prof Tyson Robert from the American Academy of Science, a renowned Southeast Asia fresh water fish expert, had concurred that the species found by our group can be categorised as primitive or fossil fishes," said Chow.
But what is the Setontot? Any readers have information on this new cryptid?