Saturday, May 31, 2014

Malaysia: Gov't Rarely Has Any Sense of Urgency, Inclined to Deceive, Omit Details

According to AFP, Malaysian police on Saturday (May 31) continue to look for a missing British tourist, 34, who went missing when hiking in the jungle on a popular resort island four days ago.

Gareth Huntley did not return Tuesday (May 27) from a waterfall trek on the island of Tioman off Malaysia's east coast.

A group of ten police officers were combing the jungle Saturday to look for the tourist, said district police chief Johari Jahaya. 

COMMENT:  The deployment of ten police officers to search  for the missing tourist hardly seems as if it is a sense of urgency.

Huntley's friends have set up a "Find Gareth Huntley" Facebook page, saying they are "extremely worried" and urging faster progress in the search.

Johari said police were only informed Thursday (May 29) that Huntley was missing by the owner of the chalets where he was staying, and were doing their best to find him.

French tourist Stephanie Foray, a 30-year-old civil servant, went missing on Tioman in May 2011. Her remains were found in August that year, buried in a cave. She had been murdered by a Malaysian.

A Malaysian shopkeeper pleaded not guilty in May 2012 to murdering her after she refused him sex. The trial is ongoing.