SIBU: Two firemen managed to persuade a 22-year-old man from jumping off a ledge at the third floor of a building on Jalan Foochow here on Friday (Jan 17).
Acting Sibu Fire and Rescue Department chief Wan Kamaruddin Wan Ahmad said they received a distress call at 5.30pm about a hotel guest who was threatening to jump off a three-storey building.
The man was a guest at a budget hotel that occupies the first two floors of the building, while a shop occupies the third floor.
According to Wan Kamaruddin, eight firemen were dispatched to the scene, accompanied by 10 policemen and four members from the Civil Defence Force.
"Two firemen approached the man who spent 15 minutes persuading him not to jump," he said.
The man, who was sitting on a window ledge, eventually surrendered himself to the two firemen.
Wan Kamaruddin said the man was later handed over to the police for further action.
According to a hotel spokesman, the man had checked in at about noon on Thursday (Jan 16).
He said that the man appeared to be under the influence of unknown substances and was saying that somebody wanted to attack him.
The man's actions caused a traffic jam as it attracted curious onlookers.
Those suffering from problems or contemplating suicide are advised to contact the Befrienders service nearest them. For a full list of numbers and operating hours, go to www.befrienders.org.my/centre-in-malaysia