AUXILIARY police Kons Zaidi Salleh deserves all the praises and rewards he has been showered with for saving a woman who jumped off the second Penang Bridge last month.
The latest to recognise his heroic act was his employer Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB), which presented him with monetary reward and a certificate.
Kons Zaidi, 52, said he was happy with the appreciation shown by JKSB.
“I will take responsibility and do my best in whatever task assigned to me,” he said after receiving the rewards from JKSB managing director Datuk Mohd Ashari Alias during a simple ceremony in Batu Kawan, Penang recently.
The ceremony was held after a special prayer at the second Penang bridge’s surau near the toll plaza in Batu Kawan.
Among the federal agencies and organisations which gave him recognition were Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), Penang police, Penang’s Federal Development office, Permatang Pauh Umno division, Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera, AIROD Sdn Bhd and Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad.
It was earlier reported that Kons Zaidi and his partner had responded to an emergency after being alerted that a 28-year-old woman had jumped off the second Penang Bridge.
He then tied a jerrycan to his waist as a flotation device and rappelled down before he dived into the sea.
Both he and the woman were in the water for about 40 minutes before a fisherman’s boat came to their rescue.
Mohd Ashari said Kons Zaidi did it on his own will although the standard operating procedure does not require him to jump into the water and rescue the woman.
“He is a trained personnel as previously, he was with the Royal Malaysian Air Force Ground Defence Regiment and underwent various trainings similar to that of the commandos.
“That basically helped him.
“Coming from the military background, he is a disciplined person who can also work as a team with his colleagues,” he said.
Also present were JKSB board director Datuk Muhammad Azmi Ali, JKSB corporate communications deputy senior manager Azizi Azizan, and the two fishermen — Muhamad Faiz Baharom, 21 and Mohd Fauzi Ahmad, 32, — who helped to pull the woman and Kons Zaidi to safety from the sea.
Mohd Ashari also presented appreciation plaques to fellow employees Kons Mohd Fitri Abu Hasan and Kons Megat Taufik Megat Kamaruddin for assisting in the overall process.
Muhamad Faiz said he was at the Pulau Aman Jetty with Mohd Fauzi before they received a distress call that someone had fallen into the sea.
They saved the woman and Kons Zaidi from the sea before taking them to the Batu Maung Jetty, about 5km away from the site where the victim was spotted.