Singapore hiker missing in Johor's Kota Tinggi forest reserve found

Singaporean hiker Jason Ren Jie was found along the Kota Tinggi-Mersing Highway. He was later sent to Kota Tinggi Hospital to be treated for his minor injuries. - PHOTOS: POLIS DAERAH KOTA TINGGI/ FACEBOOK

KOTA TINGGI (JOHOR), Sept 18 (The Straits Times/ANN): A 33-year-old Singaporean man who went missing after going for a hike at the Hutan Panti Forest Reserve in Johor has been found, according to local media.

Johor Forestry Department director Salim Aman said Jason Ren Jie was found around 3.15pm on Sunday by rescuers, according to a report in China Press, a Chinese-language newspaper in Malaysia.

The department said the man, who was reported missing on Saturday, managed to leave the forest reserve with assistance from the search and rescue team, and is now in a safe condition.

Earlier, Johor Forestry Department director Salim Aman said that the department will be taking action against those who entered the forest reserve under Section 47 of the National Forestry Act 1984 (Act 313) for entering the forest reserve without a permit, The Star reported.

"Those who commit this offence can be fined not exceeding RM10,000 (S$2,958) or jailed for not more than three years or both, upon conviction," he said, adding that it is important that those who wish to go for a hike make their intentions known so that it would not create a problem for the authorities in case of an emergency.

"We would like to strongly advise those who come to apply for a permit and hire a mountain guide. Those with no experience in the forest are forbidden to go for a hike alone," he said.

The victim was hiking together with his local friend, Teng Jih Bao, 35, and the two men started their climb at 11.30am on Saturday before Teng noticed his friend was missing, he said. - The Straits Times/ANN

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