Missing in jungle for over 40 days: Orang asli girls now sitting up and colouring

Missing in jungle for over 40 days: Orang asli girls now sitting up and colouring
Norieen Yaakob sitting up and drawing.
PHOTO: The Star

KOTA BARU, Malaysia - The two orang asli girls who survived in the jungle for more than 40 days without food are now able to sit up in bed and do some colouring.

Norieen Yaakob, 10, and Miksudiar Aluj, 11, were oblivious to visitors who have been visiting both them and their parents.

A psychiatrist was seen attending to the girls at around 1pm at Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II on Sunday.

Norieen's mother Midah Angah, 40, said her daughter wants to eat a lot but the doctor would not allow it yet as she could become ill.

"I have explained that to her but she can't accept it," Midah said.

She said the doctor had given her daughter a special nutritional drink in the morning.

"We have also given her a little bit of Milo," she said.

Midah said that the Department of Orang Asli Development (Jakoa) had given them mats and pillows to sleep on on the floor in a hospital room specially made available for them.

"We are used to sleeping on the floor," she said, adding that the family had asked for clothes and that the department said that it would send them.

"Jakoa also wanted to find a rented place for us to stay but we prefer it in the hospita,l to be near our children," she said.

Midah said that Norieen and Miksudiar were still traumatised as they had seen their friends die one by one.

"They even slept with a dead body near them with all the smell and maggots," she said.

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