All mountain guides are heroes


  • Letters
  • Saturday, 19 Dec 2015

I REFER to the report “Honouring the Mount Kinabalu heroes (The Star, Dec 17).

I am the father of Prajesh, the schoolboy from Singapore, who was the worst injured survivor of the Mout Kinabalu earthquake that took place on June 5. My son was rescued at about 2pm more that six hours after the earthquake.

We are greatly indebted to the mountain guide by the name of Cornellius and his team who rescued my son on that fateful day. We really hope that Cornellius and his team could also be honoured as Mount Kinabalu heroes.

If not for Cornellius and his team, who risked their lives and went back to Via Ferrata to look for survivors, my son may not have been found. These guides are divine souls who risked their lives and went back to the affected site inspite of the many after shocks.

We are really indebted to Cornellius and his team and would also like to highlight to The Star and the Malaysian Government to recognise Cornellius and his team for saving my son.

These guides portray the true spirit of humanity and inspite of not having all the comforts in life, they show us the way a human should live.

DHIMANT PATEL

Singapore

Editor’s note:
The Mount Kinabalu Guides Association (Pemangkina) was one of the winners of the inaugural Star Golden Hearts award. Its president Richard Soibi and member Junaydie Sihan, who attended the award ceremony at Menara Star, represented Pemangkina. The association received RM30,000 from the Star Foundation.

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