A new web site has been launched
in Malaysia, by prominent environmentalist Vincent Chow and palaeoanthropologist
Sean Ang, regarding ongoing BF research in the region.
Vincent Chow is the US-educated scientist and environmentalist who,
in late 2005, successfully lobbied the Johor state government to
openly discuss the sightings there, and take an active role in investigating
their occurrence. This was a significant milestone in bigfoot/hominid
research. It was first time a state government officially expressed
an interest in sightings of this type.
Government involvement changes the research equation dramatically.
It makes a topic more socially acceptable to discuss, and naturally
leads to more immediate reporting of related obserations by the
At present sightings of this type are typically not reported until
months or years after the fact. Witnesses have to build up courage
to speak openly, and then figure out how and where to report an
observation. This is the status quo
in every other country where these sightings occur.
Continued government encouragement in Malaysia will eventually make
the reporting of sightings there as important and immediate as the
reporting of crimes. At that stage there are bound to be significant
scientific developments at a comparatively rapid pace.
- Media articles, etc., on Malaysia