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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
They Want To Go Home (她们要回家)
I met Johan at the base of Gunung Ledang (Mount Opal) while
hunting for a special type of plant known by Shrub Sterculia (假苹婆) which is only found in that particular area. Johan
approached me when I was taking photo of the plant and when our chatterboxes
were activated; there was no way for our big mouths to shut in a relative short
time. Hence I learnt that Johan was then a member of forest rangers and also
search and rescue team.
According to Johan, the forest search and rescue team is
always put into standby mode during holiday seasons; this is especially true
for school holidays. The reason is that most of the merry makers who come for
hill hiking are not prepared for what they have bargained for. These folks lack proper survival skills that
are of utmost important for sustaining lives in the wilderness should anything
Believe it or not: there are mainly two types of folks who
will get lost in the mountain?
The first is the naïve who think that they can conquest the
wilderness without fully prepared; and the other types are those who want to
find a God forsaken place to commit suicide. Whatever case it may be, please
don’t copy what I have just said and end your lives the same way.
This is the story of both the naïve and the ones who wanted
to end their lives which happened about a decade ago:
It was yearend school holiday season again and Johan was
requested to be on call 24 hours as many visitors are expected to flock Gunung
Ledang when the holiday begins. He wasn’t particular worry about the ordinary
folks who just want to camp beside the waterfall area; instead it is the jolly mountain
hikers Johan was and still is more concern about I think. The reason is that
the later groups are prone to unforeseen incidents one way or another.
It was on a rainy Thursday night after 9pm that Johan
received a call from a frantic school teacher about his missing student. The
girl was reported to have dropped out while trailing the team as they were descending
the mountain after a day’s hiking trip. The disappearance of the girl was only
realised when the teacher made a roll call at the base.
After receiving the report, a search and rescue team headed
by Johan was mobilized first thing in the morning to search for the girl. To
make a long story short, after continuous searching for 2 days by the team and
volunteers; the girl was finally found lying lethargically on a river bank. Not far from the school girl, they found two
corpses of a couple believed to have committed suicide.
This looks like this is a bizarre case of “one missing, two
When the livings and the dead were at the base, Johan gave a
cup of hot chocolate to the school girl with the intention to calm her so he
started to ask the girl what she had experienced on that particular day.
The girl told Johan and her teacher that as she was trailing
the group, she heard voices calling out to her. Out of curiosity, she followed
the voices and found scenery in front of her changes into a beautiful garden
with untold kind of beautiful flowers blooming. For every few steps that the
girl took, the scenery keep changing until subconsciously that she felt it is
time to join her group. But the group was nowhere to be seen and she kept
walking until she dropped onto the ground due to extreme hunger and fatigue.
She only regained consciousness after being carried to safety by the rescue personnel.
Johan believe that it was the spirits of the couple who had
committed suicide that had led the school girl to the place where they have
committed suicide because they want to go home. Even the dead wanted to go
home, so please don’t do anything stupid by ending ones lives; something for us
to ponder about indeed.