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By Ashley Sim
KUCHING, Sept 20: Education, Innovation, and Talent Development (MEITD) Sarawak Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Annuar Rapaee has received a message of appreciation from Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) chairman Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin for assisting a female passenger who was experiencing breathing difficulties due to asthma on a flight from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur on Sept 6.
Wan Zulkiflee, who read news reports about Dr Annuar’s quick action with admiration, said it was an exemplary service by the Nangka assemblyman in providing medical assistance onboard Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH2521.
“On behalf of the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) and the entire Malaysian Airlines family, I would like to express our sincerest appreciation for YB Datuk’s support to our cabin crew and the passenger during this emergency situation.
“Our crew spoke highly of YB Datuk’s professionalism and were greatly pleased to have YB Datuk onboard.
“YB Datuk’s kind gesture in providing medical assistance promptly resolved the situation, ensuring a smooth flight for everyone on board,” Wan Zulkiflee said in the letter signed on Sept 7, which Dr Annuar shared on his official Facebook Page yesterday (Sept 19).
Dr Annuar’s post received an outpouring of heartfelt comments from numerous netizens.
“Tahniah YB (Congratulations YB). Seorang yang profesional dan insan yang mulia (A professional and honourable person). UTS (University of Technology Sarawak) is proud to have YB as our Chairman,” one internet user said.
Another one commented, “The most humble YB ever and very much down to earth and on the ground with his voters. Huge thank you doc for being at the right place at the right time to assist. Kudos!”
During the incident, the flight attendant made an announcement asking if any doctors or medical personnel on MAS flight MH2521 could come forward because a passenger required urgent medical assistance.
Dr Annuar responded to the flight attendant and introduced himself. He then proceeded to examine the passenger who was a woman suffering from asthma.
He treated the patient using an inhaler that was brought by another passenger.
The patient was still out of breath after several inhalations, but fortunately, the MAS plane’s emergency kit included a nebuliser, and her condition stabilised soon after. — DayakDaily