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Media Article # 484

Saturday, February 25, 2006

[Vincent Chow; Microphone monitoring]

By R. Sittamparam
New Straits Times

An international Bigfoot research website has paid tribute to Johor biodiversity researcher Vincent Chow for his success in lobbying the authorities to take the Bigfoot sightings in Johor seriously.

The Bigfoot Research Organisation (BFRO) website, which has a main page posting titled "Malaysian Government Investigates Sightings", said: "There is an individual’s story in the background of the Malaysian Bigfoot story.

"For some time, Malaysian environmentalist Chow had lobbied Malaysian authorities to take the sightings seriously and speak openly about them. Chow eventually succeeded, where no man (in other countries) had done before.

"We wish we could have been a ‘fly on the wall’ during that divine moment when Chow finally made officials see the light, and think rationally about the sightings, and the enormity of what they may point to."

Many, including senior state government officials and the media here, recognise 58-year-old Chow’s contributions in highlighting the story of the elusive hairy creature.

It was Chow who tipped off the New Straits Times on its breaking story on Dec 23 of the trio in Kampung Mawai, Kota Tinggi, who claimed they had seen a Bigfoot family of two adults and a child.

The story, backed by a picture of a big footprint, sparked off worldwide interest.

Chow has, over the years, carried out various studies on biodiversity in the jungles of Johor under the Malaysian Nature Society Johor branch and Johor National Park Corporation.

His interest in the Johor Bigfoot started as a child when he followed his father into the jungles near Kluang to check out reports of sightings.

The BFRO also advised the State Government team searching for the creature to consider installing a dozen or so wireless, live microphones in the primary search area.

It said the acoustic monitoring could be less intrusive, require very low maintenance once set up and would help to pinpoint where cameras should be installed.

It said the audio feed could also be enjoyed on the Net.

"Live streaming audio of forest sounds is a relatively low-cost way to allow many people around the world to make an emotional and intellectual connection with Malaysia."

Bibliographical Information:

R. Sittamparam is a journalist in Malaysia who is following this story for the New Straits Times.

The New Straits Times Press (NSTP) is the oldest news service in Malaysia, and was the first news service to break the story about the multiple witness sighting in Kota Tinggi last December, which helped initiate the government inquiry.

For some reason, news stories on the NSTP web site do not show up on Google News, at least not very quickly.

To check for bigfoot-related updates on this story by the NSTP, you can click here .

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