Rubber tapper missing since last year

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KENINGAU: A villager from Kampung Marasak here has been reported missing since leaving home to tap rubber on December 29, last year.

Julian Maggor in his 30s was reported to have gone out alone bringing with him a rubber tapper’s knife, a torch light and a basket at 3am that day.

“Before Julian went to his rubber farm, he was seen assisting to cut meat for a wedding of his sister-in-law,” said Aminah Bongok in her 40s who is also Julian’s sister-in-law when met at the village yesterday.

She said Julian’s wife, Hilda Basilok in her 30s, did not suspect anything would happen to her husband as he had always stayed overnight in a camp, sometimes for three nights, whenever he went out to tap rubber.

However, Aminah said his wife got worried over his safety when he did not return after four days.

The rubber estate is about a kilometre from the village.

“On the fourth day, several family members went to the estate but only found the camp empty and a rubber tapping knife,” she said.

Villagers also launched a search for him from Jan 4 to 5.

Meanwhile Julian’s wife, Hilda and several family members made a missing person’s report at the Keningau police station on Wednesday.

A search and rescue operation which involved 36 personnel from the police, Fire and Rescue Services Department, RELA and villagers was launched in the area and its surrounding.

The operation was called off at 5pm yesterday and would continue today.

Julian and his wife Hilda have three children who are studying at primary and secondary schools.