Members of Borneo’s Nomadic Tribe Rescue Missing Surveyors

by Jaxon S on November 2, 2008

in Borneo Native

A group of hunters and gatherers from the semi-nomadic Penan tribe of Borneo rescued two surveyors who went missing since five days ago deep in the jungle of the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

The two were part of about 50 surveyors who were drawing up land route between two Malaysian Borneo states, Sabah and Sarawak, for a 500km gas pipeline.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had confirmed that the RM3 billion (USD840 million) gas pipeline project by Petronas Carigali, a subsidiary of Petronas, Malaysia’s petroleum corporation, would go on.

[Penan tribe. A 1999 photo by AP]

The Penans, said The Star, who were out hunting and collecting jungle produce, found Ismail Salleh, 31, and Rano Sani, 26, at 3pm yesterday, as a plane and helicopter searched from the air and 15 rescue personnel combed the thick jungles of Baram.

“The Penans had taken them to a location where the search and rescue parties could meet them and take them out to the nearest accessible settlement.

“How the duo got lost is still a puzzle. We (police) will interview them soon, but the good news is that they are not hurt,” said Baram district police chief Deputy Supt Jonathan Jalin.

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