Organized "bigfoot research"
basically did not exist in Malaysia until last month (December, 2005),
which may explain, in part, why the government, the media and conservationists
are being so open about the sightings there.
Ridicule and negative stigmas have not had a chance to grow among Malaysia's
journalists and public, as they have in North America over the years.
There are no grocery store tabloids in Malaysia (like the "Weekly
World News") that have been, in effect, distorting and mocking the
subject for the past three decades, to people standing in grocery store
checkout lines throughout the country. These types of tabloids in the
U.S. and Canada basically assure that no government effort will happen
in North America, until some other government takes the plunge
first, and thereby makes it politically safe to discuss the subject openly
in government circles.
Curiously, there are far, far more eyewitnesses in North America than
in Malaysia, but absolutely no open, official interest from any state/federal
government agency. It is a major taboo to even discuss the sightings
on an official level, and not because the discussion has been officially
prohibited somehow. The reasons are media-cultural here, not conspiratorial.
Government officials know exactly how pandering American newspaper reporters
will treat the issue of a government official looking into these kinds
of sighting reports. Newpaper reporters, along with other promotion-hungry
government employees, will jump at the opportunity to trash that government
official, even if his/her attention is very warranted by scores of credible,
It's simply too easy for reporters to play upon the twisted ignorance
of average Americans, so government officials simply avoid the subject
completely to protect their positions, their reputations, and their careers.
Malaysia has not been tainted by those influences, so it can proceed with
an open, fearless, scientific mindset, and a refreshing degree of respect
for the observations of its citizens.