Malaysian 'Spiderman' Charged With Trespassing For Climbing 1Sentrum Tower Without Permission
A freelance photographer was fined RM1,000 in default a month jail by a Magistrate's Court Monday for illegally climbing a tower at Brickfields here end of last month. Magistrate Nur Azura Murah fined Keow Wee Loong after he pleaded guilty to the charge.thestar.com.my
Keow, 26, was charged with trespassing 1 Sentrum Tower at KL Sentral here by climbing outside of the building without permission at Level 32 of the building at about 2.30pm on June 29. He was charged under Section 447 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum of six months' imprisonment or a maximum of RM3,000 fine or both, if convicted.thestar.com.my
In asking for a lower sentence, Keow's counsel Latheefa Koya said her client was a freelance photographer and did not have steady income. She urged the court to impose a minimum fine and not to send Keow to prison. Keow paid the fine.thestar.com.my
30 June: This is the 1 Sentrum tower in KL Sentral. It is 33 storeys high.
Here's a young Malaysian photographer/'Spiderman' scaling it
Note the lack of safety harness
Or ANY safety equipment for that matter
His attire was casual and he was only wearing ordinary sandals
Like Spiderman, this Malaysian wished to remain anonymous. He first started scaling the building at 2.30pm on Sunday, 29 June 2014.
The photographer began scaling its ladder-like facade at about 2.30pm. As he climbed, intricately stepping and hoisting himself up on the horizontal and vertical metal bars, the photographer said he started hearing gasps from a group of taxi drivers below him.thestar.com.my
"Then as I got higher the employees inside the building saw me outside their window. They looked so confused! I think they thought I was a maintenance worker or something! "Then they started coming to the window just to see what I was doing," he said.thestar.com.my
Halfway through the climb, an auxiliary policeman peered his head out the window and asked him to return. But the man said it was safer to arrest him when he reached the top, and continued climbing.
When he was halfway through, an auxiliary policeman frantically peered his head out of one of the windows and asking the him to come inside, instead the photographer replied that it would be easier for them to arrest him after he had reached the roof and continued climbing.thestar.com.my
Once the 26-year-old arrived at the top of the building, the man retrieved a Jalur Gemilang from his pocket, and waved it with pride.
A bigger crowd began to gather around the tower as people cheered and clapped when the 26-year-old annexed to the top of the building and waved around the Malaysian flag he had tucked in his pocket.thestar.com.my
He then surrendered to the police. "They treated me nicely."
He was later arrested and taken to the Travers police station for questioning. “They treated me nicely. They asked me questions about my climb and some took pictures with me and we exchanged contacts.” He was released about 3.30am today.therakyatpost.com
If he had more time at the top, the daredevil also planned to share these messages with Malaysians
"They were written by friends. One said Happy Ramadan, another was a message for Playboy bunny Felixia Yeap, welcoming her to Islam. “Another friend wrote a message to his three children, wishing them all the best in their exams. "I was going to take pictures of the messages and wave the flag as a way of wishing people a good fasting month when I reached the top, but I didn't have time," he said.thestar.com.my
What if he didn't make it?
Speaking to The Star on the condition of anonymity, the photographer said his deadly, thrill-seeking hobby began with mountain climbing, but claimed he found scaling skyscrapers safer. "I'm used too it but mountains are dangerous. Buildings are easier, because their structure is fixed, I can control where I go on it," he said on Monday.thestar.com.my
"But what if you fall down?" he was asked, to which he laughingly replied, "Then I die-lah! But I am very confident that will not happen."thestar.com.my
He said he chose the tower because he had heard some foreigners were planning to scale it too, adding that a Malaysian should be the first to climb it.thestar.com.my
Of all the buildings in Kuala Lumpur, he told SAYS he chose to climb 1 Sentrum because the building is very unique.
SAYS: Why did you choose to climb that particular building?
Anonymous climber: 1 Sentrum, 1Malaysia, it's a random thing. I think the building looks very unique. There were a lot requests from the public as well, asking me to bring some message up on an A4 paper, to take a picture when I'm at the top. Happy Ramadan is from me."bit.ly
SAYS asked the man if he had any message to Malaysians about his climb, and his answer was very simple:
More exclusive photos from the man himself: