THE chilling sounds heard in the wee hours of Jan 11 and 12 over Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, and thought to be strange paranormal rumblings were nothing more than processing noise from an oil palm factory, Sinar Harian reported.
The factory at Kampung Endap had conducted a test on an automatic boiler and this caused the eerie sounds, resulting in panic among the residents, Science Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof told the paper.
He refuted reports the sounds were due to the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program-me (HAARP) conducted in Alaska, United States, that was purportedly also heard in many parts of the world.
"Following the reports, the ministry set up a sky roar' committee managed by the National Space Agency (Angkasa) and the Meteo-rological Department.
"The incident has no connection to either the recent earthquake in Sumatra or the HAARP research in the US," he said.
Fadillah said the ministry interviewed witnesses, including local residents, and had an analyst to check the video and sound recordings.
Following the reports which were extensively covered by the media in Sarawak, an international blog called Strange Sounds in the Sky also picked it up and it has since been carried by others, triggering speculation and apocalyptic theories.
Sinar Harian had reported earlier the sounds that resembled "loud snoring" were heard globally and could have originated from the HAARP ionospheric research.