The government says that strange sounds heard in the wee hours of the morning over Kota Samarahan came from an oil palm factory.
Instead the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation has a very simple explanation – it was created by an oil palm factory testing their boiler pressure on Jan 11 and Jan 12.
Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) deputy minister Fadillah Yusof said that the strange noises had nothing to do with Sumatran earthquakes or US-based research programmes.
Instead, the Petra Jaya MP said that the “Sky Roar” came from Felcra-owned palm oil processing machines in nearby Kampung Endap.
“A (government) investigation committee believes that the ‘sky roar’ most likely came from the Felcra-owned oil palm factory in Kampung Endap on Jan 11 and 12 2012,” he said in a press statement.
Fadillah said that the factory’s assistant manager, Yusmizan Desa, told the committee that the factory was running setting and boiler pressure tests at the time.
He said that the release of “vapour” due to too much pressure created the “Sky Roar” that was heard by Kota Samarahan residents.
According to a Borneo Post report, the “Sky Roar” had been heard over Kota Samarahan from around 2am or 3am till dawn on both days.
Terrified residents, the report added, described the noises as a “loud hushing” or “snoring” sound.
One local there claimed that the sounds could not have come from the factory, with machines that could make sounds “heard 8 km away”.
The sounds were also recorded that night, and were later uploaded on YouTube.
This prompted the government to form a “Sky Roar” investigation committee comprising of members from MOSTI, the National Space Agency (Angkasa) and the Malaysian Meteorological Department (JMM).
Heard in Canada and Ukraine too
Kota Samarahan was not the only place that experienced this strange phenomena. The sounds were also reported to have been heard all over the world, including Canada and Ukraine.
Various reports have pinned the blame on high-tension electric power lines or even nearby trains. Others have suggested that the sounds came from the US-based High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme (HAARP).
Fadillah however rubbished this notion. He said that the oil palm factory in Kampung Endap had funnels that were directed towards the villages, which he said caused the sound to be directed there.
“Vapor release funnels were (placed) in the direction of the villages where the witnesses heard these sounds,” he said.
He added that the factory had even recreated the sound in a demonstration involving the factory’s boiler, which was then shown to the committee and “the respective witness”.
Fadillah claimed that those present found the recreated sound to resemble the “Sky Roar”.
Even so, the deputy minister did not explain why the oil palm factory had been operating for three hours in the middle of the night.