KOTA KINABALU: Mountain guide Mohd Rizuan Kauhinin, who shot to fame following the Mount Kinabalu earthquake, is hoping that his other guide friends could go along with him to Singapore.
Mohd Rizuan, whose photograph of him carrying an injured Singaporean pupil on his back went viral in social networks, said he had received invitations from some parties to go to Singapore to meet the parents of the boy, but had not decided yet.
“I want to go to Singapore, but not now, maybe later when things have calmed down,” he said.
However Mohd Rizuan said he did not want to go alone.
“I want to go with my two friends who also helped in carrying the boy down,” he said, explaining that he and two others had taken turns in carrying the boy to safety following the June 5 quake.
Mohd Rizuan added that the other guides and porters should also be given the same treatment as they too had helped in the search and rescue mission.
“I am not anyone important, please! My fellow guides and I worked equally hard on the day of the earthquake to get the victims down.
“Some even died and I don’t know why the limelight is on me alone,” he said.
Mohd Rizuan, who is still traumatised by the quake, added that he did not know who snapped that picture of him piggy-backing the boy.
“We did what we did because we wanted to save lives, not because of money or fame,” he said.
He added that he was feeling uncomfortable with all the publicity and attention that he was getting.
Mohd Rizuan was among the hundreds of porters and villagers who had volunteered to return to the site of the earthquake after touching base at the Timpohon gate in order to rescue other stranded victims on the mountain top after the 5.9 magnitude quake that killed 18 people on Mount Kinabalu.