Massive UFO Reported At Malaysian Resort
According to Malaysian English language daily The Star, a large, blue disk may have been seen hovering within sight of Tuaran Beach Resort near Kota Kinabalu, capital city of the Malaysian state of Sabah on the South China Sea.
The daytime sighting, which took place July 18 and lasted only a few minutes, seems to have generated only one photo, albeit a rather impressive one, reportedly because the cell phones of most of the hotel's guests and staff who tried to photograph the object “went dead.”
Temporary interference with electronic devices, including cars, is a common component of UFO close encounter reports. Also common are claims that some people present during a sighting were “switched off” at the moment of contact so that they remember nothing about it afterward.
The Kota Kinabalu sighting was first reported by the Malaysian tabloid Harian Metro, which interviewed at least two witnesses, both in their late 20s. They described the object as first appearing to be blue, then green, then disappearing suddenly.
One witness, Donny Benedict, was quoted as saying, “It’s strange that it did not make any noise like a normal aircraft.”
Unfortunately, according to a July 23 article published by the Borneo Post, DSP Suhaimi Wiro, Tuaran District Police Chief, said that subsequent police interviews with staff and nearby villagers turned up no one who knew anything about the UFO sighting.
“We do not know what is the intention of the photographer,” Wiro said, “but the picture seems to be very scenic.”The intention of the Tuaran police, according to Wiro, is not to investigate the matter further.
Terrestrial explanations for the sighting range from a lenticular cloud (shown here) to light reflections, but the fact that the one photo available of the alleged sighting looks rather like an advertisement for the resort, coupled with the fact that a police investigation turned up not one witness among resort staff, makes this a less than compelling case at first blush.
Notwithstanding the appearance of more photos, testimony or evidence, our guess is that the photo being distributed most likely depicts a close encounter of the marketing kind, rather than anything involving extraterrestrials.