A 10-year-old girl attempted to jump off the 19th floor of an apartment building in Larkin yesterday evening, 7 October, after a fight with her mother
According to Berita Harian, it is believed that the girl was upset and wanted to attempt suicide after a quarrel with her mother over a telephone issue.
Head of Larkin Fire and Rescue Suhaimi Jamal said his team rushed to the scene when they received a distress call about the victim
"When we arrived, we saw a girl standing on the ledge of the 19th floor of the apartment, it was believed that she wanted to jump down," he said in a statement today.
"The team took precautionary steps to prepare for the rescue such as dropping a rope from the floor above and also preparing an air cushion on the bottom floor."
Most notably, Suhaimi said that it was an officer who succeeded in talking to the victim and finally persuaded her to come inside
Larkin Fire and Rescue officer Ismarul Nizam said that it was not his first time handling a case involving a victim trying to jump off a building. However, he did not deny feeling anxiety and panic when he learned that the victim was just a 10-year-old girl.
"When we received a distress call at 4.01 pm, I wasn't sure whether it involved a child or an adult. But since the incident happened next to the station, from below, we could already identify the victim," Ismarul told Bernama after the rescue.
When he reached the 19th floor of the flat, Ismarul found two policemen already trying to coax the victim.
"I offered to try to persuade the young girl. Thankfully it worked. The approach I used is different for adults," he said, adding that he was also grateful for the experience of taking care of his own six nieces and nephews.
The heroic act was caught on video and posted by the Larkin Fire and Rescue Station on Facebook
"Your mum isn't angry anymore," he tells her, "It is okay to come inside."
The little girl can be seen nodding her head as Ismarul finally manages to convince her.
The video has since gotten over 40,000 views.