Firefighters persuade foreigner not to jump from hotel

The foreigner balancing on a railing outside a hotel window.

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, June 25: Firefighters from Padungan fire station successfully prevented a Mongolian Chinese national from jumping from a hotel building in an apparent suicide attempt in the city today.

The foreigner, 34, was seen standing on a railing along the outside of a window on the hotel’s third floor at about 9.45am.

The team, headed by PBK II Avtar Singh and 12 firefighters were dispatched to the scene after they received the emergency call at 9.50am.

According to sources, the foreigner who is working for a local company in Kuching claimed that he had not been paid three months’ salary after a leg injury and his visa is expiring in three months’ time.

Depressed and not knowing what else to do, it is believed he attempted to commit suicide.

The foreigner balancing on a railing outside a hotel window.

Earlier, hotel staff tried to persuade him to climb back into the room and talk.

There was also a slight communication breakdown as the foreigner could not understand English or Bahasa Malaysia.

When the firefighters arrived, they managed to convince him to re-enter the hotel room.

He was later handed over to the police for further investigation.

Officers from the Labour Department were also at the scene. — DayakDaily