Telco tower climber to be detained for entering state illegally

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By Wendy John

KANOWIT, Jan 22: The Indonesian man who climbed up the telecommunication tower at Bukit Memaloh and only climbed down after 30 hours will be detained for illegal entry into the state.

Kanowit district police chief, Supt. Tega Bilong revealed today that the man, Pandy Bujang, will be investigated under Section 6(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 as it was found that he did not have a valid traveling document when entering the state.

The man had climbed up the tower at 8am on Monday (Jan 20) and had refused to come down despite continuous persuasion by firefighters and police personnel.

His action had forced firefighters to camp near the tower overnight as they feared for his safety.

Two firefighters finally made a breakthrough at 3.22pm yesterday when they convinced him to give up.

Tega said the man who is a general worker of a logging camp in Nanga Dap had no injury to his body.

However he needs to be treated at Kanowit Hospital as he is weak due to fatigue.

“We don’t know his motive for climbing up the tower. We are still investigating it as he is still under hallucinations and refuses to talk,” he added. — DayakDaily