Student on solo hike goes missing in Pulau Mawar

MERSING: A student of a private higher education institution has been reported missing after he was believed to have gone on hiking alone in Pulau Mawar on Wednesday (Feb 1).

Mersing district police chief Supt Abdul Razak Abdullah Sani said a report on the disappearance of Muhamad Akmal Hakimi Ishak, 20, was lodged by his father at the Kluang police station on Friday (Feb 3).

He said the police had received a report about the discovery of a motorcycle believed to belong to the victim near Pulau Mawar at about 11.30am on Friday.

"A search and rescue (SAR) operation was launched at 5pm on Friday involving 22 officers and members from the Mersing district police headquarters, the Endau Fire and Rescue station and the Malaysia Civil Defence Force," he said when contacted by Bernama on Saturday (Feb 4).

Abdul Razak said, however, the operation was suspended at 7pm due to unfavourable weather and failing light.

He said the SAR operation resumed at 8am on Saturday and would focus on land and coastal areas around the island. – Bernama

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