A suicidal man saved after firemen offered him a cigarette
By Huzraifah Atikah
More than 2,000 suicide cases were reported over the last four years in Malaysia, with almost 70% of them being males.
Among reasons cited were financial stress, family and relationship problems, and studies.
But who would have thought that just by a small gesture such as offering a cigarette could save a man’s life?
Recently, a man was seen suicidal on the Sultan Ismail bridge in Muar and the Fire and Rescue Department was alerted about the matter at about 10pm.
Concerned motorcyclists who passed by the location, noticed the 30-year-old man suspicious behaviour on the bridge and quickly alerted the firemen.
A Johor Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said the man was ready to jump from the bridge when the team arrived.
The team persuaded the man ‘to come to the safety of the middle part of the bridge’. They then lured him to safety by offering him a cigarette!
The whole incident ended at about 11pm.
Luckily someone saw this man before he jumped off the bridge!
Remember that suicide does not end the pain, it just passes on to your loved ones.
In a meantime, if you or anyone you know may be at risk of suicide, please call these hotlines:
1. ALL WOMEN'S ACTION SOCIETY (AWAM) - TELENITA
Address: 85, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Address: 95 Jalan Templer, 46000, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: 03-79568144, 03-79568145, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. DBKL TELECOUNSELLING
Address: Tingkat 1, Menara DBKL, Jalan Raja Laut 50350 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 1800-88-2600 | 03-26179905
4. TALIAN NUR
Contact: 15999, email@example.com
5. WOMEN'S AID ORGANISATION (WAO)
Contact: 03-79563488, firstname.lastname@example.org