4 more Orang Asli bodies found, bringing total to 8

The entrance to Kampung Kuala Koh in Gua Musang, where 14 deaths were reported to have taken place recently. (Facebook pic)

GUA MUSANG: Another four bodies belonging to those from the Batek tribe of the Orang Asli community in Kampung Kuala Koh, who were believed to have died from lung infection, were recovered today, bringing the total to eight.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waytha Moorthy said the identities of the four had yet to be established.

He said personnel from the recovery team, including members of the National Disaster Management Agency, the police and the Forensics Unit, had entered the forest to identify the areas where the bodies were buried.

“The place is quite difficult to enter and boats are required in the more remote areas,” Waytha told reporters at Ladang Aring 10 here.

Kelantan police chief Hasanuddin Hassan had earlier confirmed that four bodies were discovered yesterday.

The four were identified as Din Hamdan, 18, Safia Papan, 18, Fayah Papan, 19, and Jais Keladi, 55.

Din’s remains was found beneath a tree with his bones scattered while the other bodies were found placed on specially built platforms on trees and covered with mats.

Waytha, who had previously revealed that 14 Orang Asli had died, said the search would continue.

Earlier, he visited several villagers being treated at the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Bharu.

Asked whether the Orang Asli who were still in the affected area should be moved elsewhere, he said there was no need for that as the situation was under control.

“We fear they may not feel comfortable if we relocate them. We do not want to put pressure on them and make them run deeper into the jungle,” he said.