The Mawas, which curiously enough is also the regional word from Indonesia for the orangutan, are described as being between 5 and 8 feet tall, covered with long shaggy shiny black or dark brownish hair.
The alleged creatures have been sighted for many years throughout the area, and recent episodes include a report from January 13, 1995, on the Malaysian newspaper Deseret News:
"Kuala Lumpur - As the hunt for a massive hairy creature called 'Bigfoot' entered its sixth day Thursday, Malaysian trekkers stumbled upon fresh footprints indicating they were close to its hide-out, investigators said. Army and police units, wildlife experts and jungle tribes joined the search dubbed 'Operasi Kaki Besar' in Malay, or 'Operation Bigfoot'. They combed several thousand square miles of dense jungle surrounding Tanjung Piai in Johore, the southernmost state of the Malaysian peninsula, where reports of sightings were first received. Tension mounted when superstitious villagers and jungle tribes feared that the fresh 'footprints' could belong to another 'Bigfoot', despite government efforts to assure them that there was only one 'Bigfoot', not two. Tribesmen burned twigs and dried leaves, banged tin cans and gongs, performed ritual dances and kept a 24-hour vigil with spears in an attempt to drive away the creature, which they said had been sent to Malaysia by evil forests. The eight-foot-tall creature's fresh footprints, found in dense undergrowth, measure about 1 1/2 feet long and display only four toes, investigators said."
Another report, this one from the last week of 1999, tells of a man from a tiny village on a remote area in the southern state of Negeri Sembilan. Liong Chong Shen, age 50, was working on his orchard when he suddenly sensed a strong animal scent and heard grunts nearby. He then saw two Mawas — a tall one and a shorter sidekick — standing near some rubber trees. Fearing an attack, the villager moved away, but with a last glance noticed that the creatures were also departing the area into the thick growth. He described the beasts as being 6 and 5 ft tall respectively, exhibiting long shaggy hair, the larger specimen shinny black colored, and the smaller one brown.
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