Tiger sightings around mosque strike fear


Compiled by BENJAMIN LEE, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

THE frequent sightings of a tiger around a community mosque at Lojing Highlands in Gua Musang, Kelantan, have struck fear into the hearts of local residents, reported Kosmo!.

This comes after residents found the mangled remains of a dog at a nearby village and tiger footprints in the area.Resident Asan Asoi, 40, said he had spotted the wild animal at the mosque near a local branch office of the Orang Asli Development Department.

He was surprised when he saw the tiger jumping over the mosque’s fence before disappearing into the bushes at 7am on Feb 13.

“I believe the tiger may have been using the mosque as a place to sleep at night before returning to the forest in the morning,” he told the daily.

Pos Brooke Orang Asli Village Development and Security Committee chairman Murad Mat urged the authorities to take action on the matter.“

In the last three years, we have often seen tigers and wild elephants roaming near the village.

“We hope the Wildlife and National Parks Department can help the residents in dealing with the problem of wild animals in the Orang Asli settlement before it is too late,” he said.

> The daily also reported about a bedridden elderly woman from Tanjung Malim in Perak after she suffered a fall outside her house, leaving her unable to care for herself.

Siti Rahmah Mohammed, 69, who is single, has to rely on her niece’s kindness and assistance to manage her daily life.

“Before the accident, I could manage my daily life alone despite my age. But things changed when I slipped and fell in early January.

“It’s unfortunate that my fall happened as I was heading to my niece’s house to spend time together and meet her son,” she said.

Siti Rahmah’s fall was spotted by her neighbours, who quickly rushed her to the nearby Slim River Hospital.

However, she has yet to fully recover after being released.“I need a wheelchair. My niece helps me to stand up and shower or use the toilet,” she said.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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