Hungry wait for father and son caught in landslide on Malaysian highway

Hungry wait for father and son caught in landslide on Malaysian highway

PETALING JAYA - The drive through the pounding rain when the landslide crippled Karak Highway left Naimran Yunos a famished man.

"Now we are very hungry," said Naimran, 37, a wedding card manufacturer, on Wednesday night.

Naimran and his father Ibrahim Mohd Yunos, 62, were on their way back to Kuantan from Seremban, where his venture had just opened a new store.

The mundane journey turned out to be a long, muddy affair.

He was driving his Mini Cooper when he saw a tanker in front of him suddenly skidding to the left at around 7pm.

"We thought it was an accident due to the slippery road," he said.

He stopped his car. So did the other drivers and "they were honĀ­king all over".

"When we stopped, we realised that heavy mud flow was coming from the hill on the right.

"The mud flood was pushing the tanker towards the edge of the road and the mud started coming to our car.

"I panicked and couldn't decide whether to leave my car or reverse it. I tried reversing but there were many cars behind me," he said.

His father then shouted: "Tinggal! Tinggal! Tinggal! Lari! Lari! Lari!" (Leave! Run!)"

When they opened the car door, he said the mud was about one foot high.

Fortunately, an air force lorry was nearby and the personnel on board helped those stranded by the mudslide.

Naimran said he and his father eventually managed to get out of the scene at 2am.

"We used another side of the road, going to Genting Sempah, to get some food at around 3am," he added.

The two men finally eased their hunger pangs with mee sup and hot coffee.

They then slept at a surau there.

A tow truck came at about 7.30am yesterday to tow away Naimran's Mini Cooper back to Kuantan. He estimated that the damage to his vehicle would cost him at least RM5,000 (S$1,620).

Both men finally reached their home at 2.30pm yesterday.

Naimran said that in his haste, he left his mobile phone and wallet in the car but managed to retrieve them safely once the situation had stabilised.

See also: Land-clearing or natural disaster? Malaysian authorities debate cause of landslide

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