More people go missing in Sarawak as boredom drives them to jungles and sea

Khirudin (left) and his team member. – Twitter photo from @KhirudinDrahman

By Chew Lip Song

RESTLESS being holed up at home due to the Movement Control Order (MCO), many Sarawakians headed to the jungles or the seas, some of whom got lost and required search and rescue operations.

State fire and rescue department director Khirudin Drahman said this included a search and rescue that lasted for a week, at a time when the people are required to stay at home to break the chain of Covid-19 infections, Dayak Daily reported.

“Perhaps people were bored staying at home, hence they went out to the jungle to hunt, or sea to fish. The longest recorded SAR case was the one at Telaga Air which was carried out for seven days,” he told a press conference.

Since March to May 11 this year, he said the department has recorded a total of 1,158 cases including search and rescue, the latter involved missing individuals in jungles and at sea.

The department has also received 150 calls requesting special services, such as destroying wasp nests, catching snakes or crocodiles, removing rings stuck on fingers, and so on.

On the other hand, the number of fires reported reduced significantly from 1,075 cases recorded from March to May 11 last year, down to 337 cases over the same period this year.