A Malaysian man was recently awarded a certificate of appreciation by PDRM for his heroic act of saving a woman from a suicide attempt in Johor.
According to reports, the man, whose name was not disclosed, simply chose to step out around midnight in search for rojak.
A simple quest for a hearty supper turned into a rescue mission within minutes as he spotted a hoard of people including police officers gathered near a beach, and decided to take a closer look.
He then realised that the crowd was overlooking a woman halfway through a suicide attempt.
He stated that she had already been in the water for 15 minutes prior to his arrival, and “was in deep enough that only her head was still above the water.”
Afraid that the situation would exacerbate, and with no more time to waste as officers awaited the rescue team, the man then removed his shirt, jumped into the water and swam directly towards the woman.
“I kept yelling and beckoning for her to to come to me as I got closer, but she kept swimming away and asking me to back off. I was able to grab her by the hair, and I swiftly carried her back to land,” he claimed.
He asserted that she screamed, cried, and hit him as he brought her back to the shore, pleading with him to release her.
Later, he learned that she was of Vietnamese descent.
Once things were resolved, the man simply got dressed and left without questioning her actions.
He also told reporters that he learned to swim as a young child and that he was raised in a kampung.
“I’ve saved a friend from drowning while we were playing near a river and once rescued a man who fell into the water while fishing by accident. But this is actually the first time I’ve prevented a woman from taking her own life,” he said.
This led netizens to react in disbelief and positive awe, with many noting that the man was “on a rescue streak.”
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, or know someone who is, don’t hesitate to seek help:
Agape Counselling Centre Malaysia
03-77855955 or 03-77810800
Life Line Association Malaysia