Police remove another body for post-mortem


GUA MUSANG: Police have removed the body of another Orang Asli from a site near here for a post-mortem as an investigation into the mysterious deaths of members of the Bateq tribe continued.Gua Musang police chief Supt Mohd Taufik Maidin said the body is believed to be that of Mek Nab a/p Tebu, 63, who died on May 2.

Her body arrived at the Gua Musang Hospital at about 4pm yesterday.

“Three teams were assigned to exhume the bodies after their burial locations were marked on Wednesday.

“However, only one team succeeded in its mission as we were hampered by rain on Friday night, which made it difficult to launch the boats of the two teams into the river,” he told the media at Felda Aring 10 here yesterday.

Asked on the operation to locate four bodies buried near Sungai Lebir, Mohd Taufik said two teams had identified the spots.

“The distance between the first two bodies is about two hours by boat while two other bodies were buried at a spot about two hours 15 minutes by boat.

“The four bodies are believed to be that of one-year-old Amir a/l Li, Puspa a/p Li, five, Farah a/p Rahim, 20, and Haikal a/l Rahim, 22,” he said.

He said all the bodies would be brought out in stages.

The Bateq tribe who live in Kampung Kuala Koh here started to receive media attention after 14 of them were reported to have died due to a mysterious infection.

The post-mortem on the two bodies found earlier showed that the victims died of pneumonia. — Bernama

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