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Media Article # 457

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Johor Body All For Study On Bigfoot

Malaysian National News Agency

JOHOR BAHARU, Dec 24 (Bernama) -- The Johor National Parks Corporation (PTNJ) is prepared to collaborate with interested parties to undertake a scientific study to verify claims of the existence of Bigfoot in the jungles of Johor.

PTNJ Director Hashim Yusoff said Saturday such a study, as proposed by the Johor Malaysian Nature Society (MSN), was necessary because there had been no valid evidence on the presence of the huge creatures.

"The Bigfoot stories cannot be taken at face value. There must be a comprehensive study or sound proof. We (PTNJ) will not hesitate to collaborate with interested parties, so long as the study gives results," he said.

On claims of sightings of Bigfoot in the national parks of Johor, Hashim said the corporation had not found any physical evidence on the presence of these creatures in the Endau-Rompin National Park (Peta), Endau-Rompin National Park (Selai) or Tanjung Piai National Park.

He did not dismiss claims of sightings of the creatures in Kampung Mawai, Kota Tinggi, where three workers repairing a fish pond said they saw a family of the huge creatures and found footprints as well.

Johor MSN advisor Vincent Chow related the incident on Friday and said he was convinced Bigfoot existed as claimed by people who had come across the creatures in the jungles of Tanjung Piai, Mersing, Kahang, Endau-Rompin National Park and Kota Tinggi.

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