King Of The Forest

The Chinese in Malaysia used to call them “San Tai Wong” (in Cantonese, which means King Of The Forest).  Others called them Lori Hantu or Ghost Trucks.   Now you see them, now you don’t ?

In the old days, I used to see a particular type of truck being used to haul huge logs (kayu balak, in Malay) to the sawmill near my house.  They looked rough-and-tough but pretty beaten up and, they did not have license plates on them.  My research seems to say that these were probably ex-WW2 surplus Chevrolet CMP trucks used by the British.

I believe some of these veterans are still running around and the remains of many others are scattered around the country.

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