The Malaysian UFO Scene

No country in the world seems to lack manifestations of the UFO Phenomenon. Malaysia, situated geographically in the heart of South-East Asia, has its share too of this baffling and controversial mystery.
One of the earliest recorded events in this region that could probably be related to the Phenomenon was an incident in the Straits of Malacca which involved the Danish vessel Bintang (1). On June 10, 1909, the Captain of this ship and his crew observed several unusual lights moving through the water of the Straits between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula.

Review of UFO events

I present here some more of the sample cases selected from reports from both Eastern and Western Malaysia. These should be compared with the accounts of certain cases which I have already given in my last article, A Wave of Small Humanoids in Malaysia in 1970 (FSR 28/5), and in my earlier articles.

  • BAU, SARAWAK (EAST MALAYSIA), Early 1950s.

    This event took place in an isolated area in the hilly country known at that time as British North Borneo. The witness, an illiterate housewife, observed a disc-shaped object described by her as «as big as a house», emerging from behind some trees and flying silently over the valley. The object was dark in colour, and had what appeared to be port-holes, with the interior brightly lit. Beside the dome surmounting the top of the UFO there was a protrusion resembling an aerial. Beneath the UFO there were three protrusions which she described as «like anchors». The outer rim of the object was rotating.

  • PORT DICKSON, SEREMBAN, Early 1950s.

    At 11.00 a.m. one fine morning, a platoon of soldiers and their British instructor sighted a silver-coloured, disc-shaped domed object flying quite low over the trees. It was travelling tilted at an angle, and emitted a high-pitched sound. The soldiers morse-code signalling apparatus ceased to function during the few minutes that the UFO was in sight.

  • PENANG ISLAND, January 1967.

    A lawyer and his accountant sighted an object hovering silently over the channel separating the island from the Mainland. Close examination through binoculars revealed a pancake-shaped object with a dome on top.

  • KAMPUNG PERTAMA, April 1979.

    A UFO, elliptical in shape and sparkling like a star, landed one night in the rice-field of a village, and about twenty people gathered to watch it. As the UFO landed it was seen to get smaller and then to split into three smaller craft.

  • KULIM, May 1979.

A group of boys playing near a cattle-shed sighted a small object, less than two feet in diameter, gliding over the fields and emitting a strange sound. The UFO had three legs of its landing gear extended, seemingly about to land, when one of the boys tried to touch it. An intense beam of light shot out from the rim of the craft and temporarily blinded the boys. They screamed for help, attracting the attention of two adults, who came rushing to the scene and also observed the UFO.
Meanwhile the cattle in the adjacent shed were intensely restless and were struggling to break away from the posts to which they were tied.


Encounters with tiny beings

As I mentioned in my last Report, the most interesting cases in Malaysia seem to involve tiny beings, of which there were more than a dozen reports between 1965 and 1979. Surprisingly, over 90 % of the witnesses in these alleged cases were schoolchildren! ( I gave eight very representative cases in my last Report.) Because of the seemingly absurd nature of the stories about tiny creatures, most adult witnesses probably do not come forward to report their own encounters with such little beings. The children, in their innocence and guilelessness, made their reports and bore all the ridicule.

A «flap» 

Generally speaking, UFO sighting reports in Malaysia are fairly few and far between. When sightings occur, they are usually in clusters. My last Report, A Wave of Small Humanoids in Malaysia in 1970, can now be expanded, for today it is known that in the month of August of that year the number of CEIII cases in Malaysia was an absolute record. The events started in the northern part of the Peninsula and then spread downwards through the central and southern States. This we can describe as without doubt the only true «wave» yet recorded in Malaysia, for, according to a count made by one newspaper, within a span of only three days, there were not less than 39 separate reports involving tiny UFOs and no less than 31 reports in which tiny three-inch tall occupants were seen.

Photographic evidence from Malaysia

One of the few pieces of photographic evidence from Malaysia was taken on January 12, 1979, in the Malaysian «UFO hot zone» by a man serving in the Royal Australian Air Force. The photo shows a disc-shaped object, which the witness described as of «a glowing, bright orange colour». He said it had several port-holes around its edge. For an earlier photo from Malaysia see also «the Kuala Lumpur UFO» in FSR Vol.15, No. 4 (July/August 1969).

Mysterious abductions

Inhibited as it is by peoples of three different stocks and cultures (Malays, Chinese, and Tamils) Malaysia is a land rich in religious and traditional features. Many people still cling to the older folk-lores and traditions, and one belief that is still adhered to by many individuals of the older generations concerns the questions of mysterious abductions of humans by mysterious entities. (Since actual Malaysian kidnappings, of humans by humans, scarcely total one a year, it is understandable that we are not inclined in Malaysia to confuse these two completely different sets of phenomena.)

Certainly it can be said that, at least up to the period just prior to World War II, in most cases in Malaysia, in which an individual, whether adult or child, was missing, the affair was immediately associated in the public mind with the idea of abduction by «small» or even «tiny» entities.

It was thought generally that the small beings responsible for this state of affairs could come and go without being detected, being visible only to their victims. The abductee was therefore always the sole witness. And he was not seen again to tell his story.

The father of one of my own acquaintances vanished mysteriously and was thought to have been a victim of these entities. His bicycle had been found lying beside a dirt road outside his village. He was never seen again. When consulted about it, the local «bomoh» (witch-doctor or shaman or medicine-man) declared that the missing father was now resident «in a different world». The family accepted the fact and that was that. The case was closed. (Perhaps Fred Valentich in Australia has suffered the same fate?)

One thing that seems certain is that this pattern of popular beliefs in Malaysia is all of a piece with the UFO Phenomenon, and that abductions are an essential part of that phenomenon.

As already stated, the extraordinary thing is that in Malaysia there seem to be no records of any entities taller than six inches or so having been encountered. Since the average Malaysian is somewhere in the 5 ft. plus category, one wonders how the tiny entities set about putting him into a UFO two foot wide!

There is, however, one strange American case on record which may have a bearing on this aspect of our problem. On September 15, 1978, at Carpentersville, Illinois, a secretary, awakened by a whirring noise, looked out through the window and saw the silhouetted form of a 6 ft. tall man clad in a silver suit, and, a few feet distant, she saw a small domed saucer sitting on the grass. The Police were called, but they found nothing at the site (2).

One surprising aspect is that we have not found any mention of UFOs actually having been seen when these mysterious Malaysian abductions have taken place, in other words there is no connection in the popular mind between «UFOs» and «abductions». One reason for this may well be the fact that very few Malaysians know anything about UFOs. During my own travels around the country, I constantly ask people whether there have been any UFO sightings in their area, and usually the person questioned stares back at me, not comprehending what I am talking about. But when I move on to the subject of small three-inch high beings, my informants quickly acknowledge that they have heard about them. So we have the clear impression that more is known about the entities than about their craft.

It is of course only since World War II, and since the famous Arnold sighting in the U.S.A. in 1947, that there has been talk of UFOs among the people of Malaysia. But it is obvious that, if the tradition of small beings can be definitely linked to the UFO Problem, then the prevalence of the small entities here in Malaysia goes back to far earlier times.


As stated, the salient feature of the Malaysian UFO scene is this high percentage of reports of encounters with tiny entities. In fact we can say that humanoid encounters in Malaysia (3) come in only two sizes – the three-inch entities (most often seen) and the six-inch entities. There has been no Malaysian report to date of any encounter with humanoids measuring more than six inches in height!

Apart from this matter of heights, the general picture of the UFO Phenomenon in Malaysia is basically just the same as everywhere else.

While each of the several races who live in Malaysia has its own particular folkloric interpretation of the UFO Phenomenon, their reports — coming from individuals none of whom have any prior knowledge about the whole global UFO picture – nevertheless present us with basically the same pattern and the same phenomena as are found in other parts of the world.


  • Jeffrey, Adi-Kent Thomas, They Dared the Devil’s Triangle (Warner Books, Inc., New York, 1975). Pp 27-29.
  • The International UFO Reporter, Vol. 4, No.1 (July 1978). p 12.
  • Ahmad Jamaludin, Humanoid Encounters in Malaysia, MUFON UFO Journal, No. 141 (1979).


Humanoid Encounters In Malaysia
by Ahmad Jamaludin

MUFON UFO Journal, No. 141, November 1979 (USA)

from 20kWeb Website

UFO occupants or «humanoids» present themselves in various shapes and sizes, as do the UFO themselves. Worldwide reports have from time to time given rise to new types or species of humanoids, from small winged creatures to huge hairy creatures. But from reports as early as 1897 it has become clear that one type – the 4 feet-5 inches Oriental type – has been consistent. They were seen widely in France during the great 1954 UFO wave and continued to be sighted as recently as 1979 in South Africa.

While other countries have been experiencing close encounters with humanoids of diversified forms, I would like to draw attention to the reports in Malaysia where humanoid encounters have been confined to only one type – tiny entities measuring from 3 inches to 6 inches in height. Though reports of the other UFO categories bear similarity to the global sightings, encounters with humanoids in Malaysia on the record so far are in a class of their own. There has not been a single reported incident of encounters with UFO occupants measuring taller than 6 inches in height. It is also to be noted that there has not been a single case of a UFO measuring greater than 3 feet in diameter landing on Malaysian soil. These observations constitute a puzzle, and if any explanations can be given it is hoped that some relationship with the global UFO landings may give a clue to the UFO phenomena.

The following alleged encounters, the full stories of which are incomplete since the principle witnesses cannot be located are listed below.

  • CASE 1. Johore Bahru, 1970

    Four boys going to school one morning saw a small UFO and tiny 6-inch tall creatures. The boys soon reported it to the headmaster and since it occurred in the school premises, the news broke out and soon the whole school were combing the area looking for the creatures. One small burnt patch on the ground was found. The UFO was gone.

  • CASE 2: Gambang near Kuantan, 1973

    Two schoolboys claimed to have seen tiny humanoids only 3-inches tall in the school compound. It is said that one of the creatures was actually caught by the boys, which attracted the attention of a teacher. He arrived in time to see it before the tiny creature finally managed to escape.

  • CASE 3: Bukit Mertajam, 1973

    A group of boys playing football in a school field sighted a small UFO landed nearby. From it emerged tiny creatures which immediately one of the boys tried to catch. A beam of light was fired at the boy’s hand. The UFO flew away.

  • CASE 4: Ipoh, 1973

    A small UFO carrying tiny humanoids landed in a school field. Several schoolboys who sighted it excitedly called their teachers. They came just too late to see the object speeding away.

  • CASE 5: Miri, Sarawak, 1973

    Several boys saw a humanoid about 6 inches tall wearing a white suit cutting a fence wire with an intense beam of light. They tried to catch it but it was lost in the bushes. No UFO was sighted.

  • CASE 6: Miri, Sarawak, 1973

    Several people on vacation along the beach sighted a group of tiny beings wearing white suits. There were about six or seven of them. They wore no mask and resembled humans except for their tiny size. This group consisted of possibly males and females. The females were notable because of the long hair. An attempt to catch them failed. No saucer was sighted.

  • CASE 7: Bukit Mertajam, 1979

    A small UFO landed on a field near some boys. A boy tried to catch a 3-inch creature that emerged from it. It fired a beam that temporarily paralyzed his right arm. The UFO then flew away.

There were not less than 7 reported landings in Malaysia from the first known landing in 1970 through May 1979. From these reports there were 5 cases of close encounter with tiny humanoids and 2 other cases and 2 other cases reported from East Malaysia but no UFO was sighted. The creatures measured, in all cases, either 3 inches or 6 inches tall. All were equipped with a type of ray gun. They were described as well dressed in one-piece suits. Some had slightly larger head and round eyes. The 3-inch humanoids sometimes had two antenna-like structures protruding from the head. Case 1,2,3,4 and 7 occurred in West Malaysia, all reported by schoolchildren and all landings took place in school premises.

There were 3 more probable encounters with tiny humanoids in Malaysia, but unfortunately the origin of the incidents cannot be traced. One recent case, a probable landing, occurred on May 26, 1979, near Kulim where the witnesses, 3 boys and 2 adults, claimed to have sighted a small UFO hovering a few feet above the ground perhaps in an attempt to land since its three landing gears were already down. As the witnesses tried to touch the object an intense light ray shone into their eyes which temporarily blinded them. This shows that the small UFO was intelligently controlled from inside. Considering its small size, estimated about 2 feet in diameter, the UFO occupants if any inside would have to measure about 3 inches tall to fit comfortably in the object.

Of the 9 reported landings or encounters with humanoids, 7 cases occurred in broad daylight. Only 2 landings were known to have taken place at night. There have been no reports of encounters with UFO occupants after dawn. Almost all of the UFOs sighted close range on the ground or hovering close to the ground measured on the average less than 3 feet in diameter.

UFOs that were sighted in the air were usually of large size. There have been reports of a disc-shaped UFO was big as a house flying over the hilly country in East Malaysia and a long elliptical object like a neon light was also sighted high in the sky.

UFO sightings near or within school compounds have been a worldwide occurrence. It is not surprising, therefore, that most of the Malaysian landings occurred in or near the school area. UFOs, as suspected by some researchers, have shown considerable interest in schools by the frequent sightings recorded. In Malaysia the case may not be so considering the nature of the land. From the air, Malaysia offers half a dozen types of landing grounds, namely jungles, rubber and oil palm plantations, rice fields, tin mining areas, and football fields. For a landing the thick jungles and rubber plantations do not offer enough clearance. Rice fields and tin-mining areas are almost isolated, and if there were any landings, most would go unnoticed (considering also the small size of the UFO). The only landing spot that would attract attention in the event of a landing would be a field.

Why do Malaysian encounters (the UFO and the humanoids) come only in tiny sizes when compared to other parts of the world? Why do most landings occur in the daytime when all other worldwide landing reports usually happen at night? If deception is part of the UFO phenomenon then their tiny size may allow them to easily escape unnoticed. Since there have been no reports of encounters with bigger or human-size humanoids in the dark hours, then we again ask, why do most landings have to be conducted in the day time?

It has been observed that UFOs were mainly attracted to the fracture-zone areas of high seismic activity. In fact it can be seen that earthquake-free areas or countries have fewer UFO reports compared to the bulk of the UFO sightings reported originating from earthquake zones or areas that have records of or have «felt» even the slightest earth tremors.

Malaysia is an earthquake-free country. The areas of gravity and magnetic anomalies which UFOs may use to operate so excellently is lacking in this region. Is the tiny size a compensation for the maneuverability to land and take off on a magnetically stable area?

by Ahmad Jamaludin
A newspaper account of a bizarre
«believe it or not» CE3 case in Malaysia

Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 26, No. 5, Jan. 1981 (UK).

Sometime in 1975 or 1976 there was some excitement in Kuantan, Malaysia, when a strange encounter with a 3-inch-tall man-like creature was reported. The incident occurred about 9 miles from the town of Kuantan. And to add to the excitement, the small UFO which ferried the tiny entity is said to have landed right in the Royal Malaysian Air Force Base there.

There were three young witnesses to the encounter. The third witness, not mentioned in the newspaper account below, is known to be still schooling in Kuantan. I have tried to locate this witness and at this time of writing have still not succeeded. The whereabouts of the other two witnesses is not known and it is conceivable that they have moved to other Air Force installations in the country with their parents.

Until the third witness can be located for the complete story, I present below the newspaper report which was forwarded to me by a friend and with the date of the newspaper report missing. It appeared on the front page of the New Straits Times published in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The report entitled «Believe it or Not» had unfortunately omitted to mention the UFO. I have tried to contact the reporter of this item but unfortunately he resigned a few years ago, and is now working somewhere in the government departments. Below is the short account of the incident as it appeared in the paper.

«Kuantan, Thursday –

A 3-inch-tall creature said to resemble a human being, has become the talk of the RMAF base here since its reported sighting, by a schoolboy two days ago. The story has also spread to the town.

«Paul Lazario, 9, a pupil of the RMAF Primary School said he saw the creature two days ago near a drain at the RMAF field. It was stopping to drink water, he added. ‘I caught it but it escaped from my grip and ran into some undergrowth near the drain,’ he said.

«It had two feelers on the head and held a steel-like rod in its hand. A pistol was hanging from its waist. It was brown in colour and looked like a man,’ he added.

«Paul said he related the incident to his friends and in the evening three of them went to the spot near the field. And according to schoolboy, Neo Lee Ann, 12, all three saw the creature moving about on the area. ‘When it saw us, it ran into the undergrowth and disappeared’ he said.

«A teacher of the school, Mr. Yew Kim Guan, said when he heard the story he went to investigate. ‘There was no sign of the creature in the area, but I saw a Red Indian-like wigwam beautifully weaved out of grass. It was partly crushed,’ he said.

«He added he didn’t know whether to believe the story,»

That is the end of the newspaper account of what only could be described as a bizarre affair.


As far as humanoid encounters are concerned, there is something strange going on in Malaysia. All the entities encountered have measured 6 inches or lower. There is not a single reported encounter with the UFO occupant more than 6 inches tall. To add further to this embarrassment, 90 percent of the witnesses have been schoolchildren. At the time of writing I have documented 24 cases: about 50 percent of the tiny entities were sighted with their little UFOs, and the remainder without the UFOs. If we reject these claims as hallucination or hoaxes, then I can close shop with this UFO business since there is nothing to report of significance. If we were to accept that the young witnesses were reporting what they actually saw, then we have a very important clue to work with.


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