GUA MUSANG - The mother of two orang asli, who were among seven children who disappeared last Sunday, had a bad omen about the fate of her children.
"On Thursday, I woke up suddenly at 3am. I was sweating. I had this omen that something bad would happen to my children," said Midah Angah, 38.
Her children - Norieen Yaakob, 10, and Haikal, eight - went missing in the Tohoi forest reserve with five other pupils.
They are Mirsudiar Aluj, 11, Ika Ayel, nine, Sasa Sobrie, eight, Linda Rosli, eight, and Juvina David, seven.
The children reportedly fled school to avoid being punished for going for a swim without permission.
In an interview yesterday, Midah said she had trouble sleeping well since then. She said she was anxious about her children.
"I do not think they can survive in the jungle," said Midah, who has seven children.
Haikal is the youngest while Norieen is the second youngest in the family.
"I last saw Norieen and Haikal two months ago during the school holidays. Both love to be pampered. I cannot believe that they ran away from the hostel, unless they were very scared."
Personnel from the police, Fire and Rescue Department and Civil Defence Department, together with orang asli villagers, are scouring the Tohoi forest reserve.
Kelantan Fire and Rescue Services Department deputy senior officer Abdul Manaf Jaafar said they had been searching "every nook and cranny of the forest" from 9am to 6pm daily since Tuesday.
"We will not give up," he said, adding that two tracker dogs were also being used.
An orang asli trekker, Angah Chaki, said there was a belief that the children had been hidden by orang bunian (supernatural beings in folklore). No footprints have been found so far, he said.
"I have not seen anything like this before," he said, citing how they had yet to detect any tell-tale signs.
Angah, 40, believed supernatural forces were at work.
"These children are lovable. The Tenrog (supernatural beings) love cute and happy children."