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Singaporean Man Goes Missing While Hiking At Panti Timur In Johor, Yet To Be Found

Singaporean Man Goes Missing While Hiking At Panti Timur In Johor, Yet To Be Found

The search team went into the mountain to look for the man until 11:30 pm on Saturday and found nothing.

Fernando Fong

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Hiking has long been an important outdoor activity, whether as a means of exploration, exercise or reflection. 

Setting foot down a path through natural areas provides an unparalleled opportunity to build the human spirit, improve physical fitness, and increase environmental awareness.

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However, many people get lost, especially when wandering off the trail.

A Singaporean man was reported missing after losing his way while hiking in the Panti Timur Forest Reserve, near Kota Tinggi.

Kota Tinggi District Police Chief Superintendent Hussin Zamora said Batu Ampat Police Station members received a missing report of the victim, Jason Ren Jie, in his 30s.

His friend made the report at 3.26 pm on Saturday (17 September).

He said the man was originally from China and later became a Singaporean citizen.

Acting on information, a team of officers and policemen from the Batu Ampat Police Station were dispatched to the scene of the incident to search for victims.

The search went on until 11:30 pm and found nothing.

The authorities had to suspend the search mission due to the poor visibility of the forest at night, which hindered the search and rescue team.

Hussin said the search and rescue operation continued this morning (18 September).

Explore Nature Responsibly

He reminded those who intend to climb a mountain to apply for a mountaineering permit from the Forestry Department before entering the mountain.

At the same time, hikers are advised to report to the nearest police station to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

Entering a forest reserve without a valid permit is an offence under the National Forestry Act 1984 (Amendment).

What If You Lost Your Way In Your Hiking Activity?

No one ever intends to get lost.

Yet, it is a very good idea to be prepared and know what to do if you get lost while hiking.

A straightforward way to avoid getting lost is to take the appropriate pre-hike precautions.

At best, these steps will prevent you from getting lost.

  1. Stop Walking. Take a deep breath, so you can slow your racing mind.
  2. Consider turning off your phone.
  3. Try to retrace your steps.
  4. Orient yourself with a compass.
  5. Gauge your distance.
  6. Consider your options.
  7. Enact your plan of action.

It is also good to check with a local ranger to discuss trail conditions and get information on general trail conditions that may be helpful should you get lost while hiking.

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