Mys­tery hands ap­pear in pics taken af­ter Malaysia tremor

The China Post - - COMMENTARY - BY DINA MU­RAD

A pair of dark dis­em­bod­ied hands, sim­i­lar to that of “The Thing” from the Ad­dams Fam­ily, made a spooky ap­pear­ance in two pho­tos taken at Mount Kin­a­balu shortly af­ter a 5.9-mag­ni­tude earth­quake hit Sabah, Malaysia.

Per­sat­uan Ko­mu­niti Bugis Sabah (PKBS) vice pres­i­dent Sa­ma­sud­din Yu­sop, who is part of a group of donors pic­tured with the mys­te­ri­ous limbs, said nei­ther images, taken at the base of Mt. Kin­a­balu, were al­tered.

“Many peo­ple asked us about the pho­to­graphs but even we have dif­fi­culty de­ter­min­ing if was a makhluk (mys­te­ri­ous crea­ture) or a prob­lem with the cam­eras,” the for­mer Univer­siti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions head told The Star On­line when con­tacted.

The images, which have since gone vi­ral, were taken us­ing sep­a­rate gad­gets — a mo­bile phone and a Nikon cam­era.

Both pho­tos cap­tured the im­age of the ad­di­tional limbs.

While the mo­bile phone cam­era caught a pair of ex­tra hands, the photo cap­tured by the Nikon cam­era only had just one ad­di­tional hand. In both pho­tos, the po­si­tions of the hands changed slightly.

The PKBS group had, on Tues- day vis­ited the moun­tain to present their dona­tions to the Mt. Kin­a­balu earth­quake fund, moun­tain guides and po­lice of­fi­cers from the Ranau po­lice sta­tion who were af­fected by the quake.

They later posed for pho­to­graphs with moun­tain guide Mhd Rizuan Kauhinin who be­came a na­tional hero af­ter an im­age of him car­ry­ing an in­jured boy down the moun­tain went vi­ral.

On June 5, a mag­ni­tude-5.9 earth­quake struck the moun­tain and 18 peo­ple lost their lives.

Ac­cord­ing to Sa­ma­sud­din, the im­age taken from the mo­bile phone was even more eerie than the one on the cam­era as there are two hands rest­ing very close to his back.

“A day af­ter the pho­tos were taken, a mem­ber of our group was check­ing the images and we were all sur­prised (by the hands),” he said.

How­ever, Sa­ma­sud­din is not wor­ried about his el­dritch en­counter as the group vis­ited the moun­tain with good in­ten­tions.

“We came to give con­tri­bu­tions, so tak rasa apa ( we do not feel any­thing). Even un­til to­day, I do not feel any­thing but it is my other friends who are creeped out in­stead,” he said cheer­fully.

Sa­ma­sud­din said that felt there was per­haps a les­son to be learnt from the strange en­counter.

“The im­age could be a re­minder to keep in mind the vic­tims who had lost their lives to the earth­quake.”

Sa­ma­sud­din said that many re­li­gious cer­e­monies for the de­parted had yet to be car­ried out as the peo­ple were pre­oc­cu­pied with Search and Res­cue (SAR) mis­sions.

“We should re­cite Al-Fati­hah for the Mus­lim vic­tims, and for the non-Mus­lims, pray that they may rest in peace,” he said.

Mis­bahud­din Rida, the man whom the mys­te­ri­ous hands had cho­sen to lean against, was more amused than afraid from his first­hand en­counter.

“At first, I won­dered about it but af­ter a while, it is OK ... things are nor­mal. We posted the photo on our What­sApp group and a friend re­sponded say­ing that he was un­com­fort­able with the im­age as there was some­thing not right about it. Only then did we re­al­ize it,” said the jovial man.

“I ini­tially thought it could be my (right) hand, but it is strange. Af­ter look­ing at the po­si­tion of the hands, I tried straight­en­ing my arms to em­u­late it but it (the po­si­tion) is very dif­fi­cult to do,” he said.

Although he can­not re­mem­ber ex­actly his right hand’s ac­tual po­si­tion, Mis­bahud­din said what ap­peared on the photo did not look like a part of his body.

“The hand is dark, and its nails look dead. I am dark as well, but my right hand is the same color as my left. The one in the photo is darker,” he said.

Mis­bahud­din was wear­ing longsleeves and his left hand had the sleeve but­toned at the wrist. But the mys­te­ri­ous right arm ap­peared to be bare.

The Star/Asia News Net­work

A close-up of two images show­ing a mys­te­ri­ous hand. The pic­ture on the left was taken with a smart­phone and the other with a dig­i­tal cam­era.

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