Efforts to find missing ranger intensifies

Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah

KOTA BARU: Operations to locate the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) ranger reported missing at Yong Forest Reserve in Taman Negara since Saturday, is still being carried out. Kelantan Wildlife director Mohd Hasdi Husin said the search and rescue (SAR) team, however had yet to find Tarmizi Ahmad Japli, 30, as of yesterday. He said the SAR operations involved firemen, General Operations Force members, wildlife rangers from Kelantan and Pahang. “As of yesterday, the SAR team had yet to locate Tarmizi although all routes, river, foliage and tree cover as well as the cave where he was reported missing have been inspected. “We believe Tarmizi is still alive and efforts have been carried out to search for the ranger,” he said when contacted today. The victim, attached to the Kota Bharu Perhilitan office, was involved in the first national tiger count study which began at Felda Kechau 11 in Lipis on Aug 11. Seven individuals including Tarmizi were involved in the programme. The incident happened when five of them were returning to the camping spot when three of them followed a trail while two others walked along the river bank to retrieve the camera (used for the tiger count). Tarmizi and his colleague who were following the river route got separated before his friend noticed that he was missing.


(File pic) The SAR operations involved firemen, General Operations Force members, wildlife rangers from Kelantan and Pahang. (Pic by NAZIRUL ROSELAN)

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