KUALA TERENGGANU: Two Year Four pupils of SK Pasir Panjang here are feared missing after they ventured into the Bukit Bayas jungle after skipping the state-level National Sports Day celebration held in their school.
A police report has been lodged by their parents about 8pm Saturday after both students failed to return home.
The duo have been identified as Wan Noraiman Haikal Wan Saifuddin Hafiz, from Kampung Gelong Bilal, and Muhammad Fakhrullah Mohd Fahimie of Kampung Masjid Haji Kadir.
Kuala Terengganu Civil Defence Department district officer Lt (PA) Ahmad Kamal Hakim Ngah said they received a call regarding the matter at about 7.40pm and a team was rushed to the school.
He said a search operation comprising the police, Civil Defence Department together with the help of villagers has been carried out.
When contacted Ahmad Kamal said there were no clues as to where the missing boys could have gone and the search now will be conducted on two hills - Bukit Bayas and Bukit Tepuh.
A source said that the students were seen earlier at school just before the start of the event at 8am but had gone missing thereafter.
“Even during the aerobics and the community event, both were not present. Later at about 11am, a family member had come to the school to ask about one of them,” said the source.
It is also learnt that later in the evening the school authorities had also called the friends to find out about the whereabouts of the boys. Some had said that the duo had gone up to the hill for a swim.
However villagers who carried out a search on the hill were not able to locate the boys.
As of press time, the search operation is ongoing.
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