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Chided for swimming in river, seven Orang Asli children missing since Sunday

Chided for swimming in river, seven Orang Asli children missing since Sunday
This image shows a group of Orang Asli pupils of SK Pos Tohoi in Gua Musang returning from school. - Photo Astro AWANI
GUA MUSANG: Seven Orang Asli pupils of Sekolah Kebangsaan Pos Tohoi -- located approximately 60km from Gua Musang, have been missing since Sunday.

It is believed that five of the students hail from Kampung Penad Pos Simpor while two are from Kampung Gawen Pos Gob.
The students are Juvina David, seven, Haikal Yaakob and Linda Rosli, eight, Ika Ayel, nine and Noreen Yaakop, 10. A student who hails from Kampung Gawen is yet to be identified.

According to Village Network of Kelantan Orang Asli (JKOAK) committee member, Jamali Ayau, one of the missing student's parent from Kampung Penad revealed that the students had left the school compound after being scolded by a teacher for taking a dip in a nearby river.
“I am clueless (about this matter) as I had just returned from Kuala Lumpur,” said Ika’s father, Ayel.

“We are in the midst of looking for these lost persons and the search is aided by villagers, school representatives and JKOAK members,” he added.

A seven-year-old student from Pos Gob drowned while swimming in the river three years ago.