Man climbs telco tower, refuses to come down

A circle showing the man who is still up at the tall telco tower and refuses to get down.

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KANOWIT, Jan 20: An unidentified man climbed a telecommunication tower at Memaloh Hill here at about 8.15am this morning and has refused to come down despite firemen coaxing him to do so.

As at press time at 2.45pm, he was still up there at a height of about 60m.

Kanowit Fire and Rescue chief Arrahman Chik said they received a call from the police at 8.20am, seeking help to get the man down.

Arrahman said the man would become aggressive and started to throw certain objects, which could be nuts when he saw police officers and members of the public approaching the tower.

“Each time our men try to convince him to climb down, he would do so to about 45m in height but after that, he would go up again. This goes on several times,” he said.

The unidentified man on the telecommunication tower at Memaloh Hill.

Arrahman said it was believed that the man was under stress, as he could be heard shouting that someone wanted to assault him. This could have prompted him to go up the tower.

The police had cordoned the area to prevent the public from getting near the tower.

Firemen are waiting patiently for the man to surrender himself. — DayakDaily