Netizen 24 MYS: Cop who saved woman from sea brushes off brickbats

By On April 20, 2018

Cop who saved woman from sea brushes off brickbats

By Opalyn MokThe Malay Mail Online

Zaidi Salleh (centre), Mohd Fitri Abu Hassan (left) and Megat Taufik Megat Kamarudin are presented with appreciation certificates by the National Safety Council April 20, 2018. ― Picture by Sayuti ZainudinZaidi Salleh (centre), Mohd Fitri Abu Hassan (left) and Megat Taufik Megat Kamarudin are presented with appreciation certificates by the National Safety Council April 20, 2018. ― P   icture by Sayuti Zainudin
Zaidi Salleh (centre), Mohd Fitri Abu Hassan (left) and Megat Taufik Megat Kamarudin are presented with appreciation certificates by the National Safety Council April 20, 2018. ― Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
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GEORGE TOWN, April 20 ― Auxiliary policeman Zaidi Salleh, who rescued a woman after she jumped off the second Penang bridge, is unperturbed by criticism against him over his efforts two days ago.

The Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) employee said it only mattered to him that he saved the 28-year-old woman.

“Maybe those who criticised me are professionals and feel they are better than me, maybe I need to train more to be a professional like them but I did my best and saved her so that’s what mattered,” he told reporters this morning.

Zaidi jumped into the sea from the second Penang bridge to save a woman who leapt from the bridge at about 11am on Wednesday.

A video of fishermen pulling them out of the sea was shared online, initially drawing praise that eventually gave way to disapproval of his methods.

Today, Zaidi and his two colleagues, Mohd Fitri Abu Hassan and Megat Taufik Megat Kamarudin, were presented with appreciation certificates by the National Security Council (NSC) for the rescue.

The former Royal Malaysian Air Force Ground Defence Regiment sergeant attributed the success of the rescue mission to his training in the Air Force and also by JKSB.

Without that, he said he would not have been able to rappel partway down using a tow cable from the JKSB maintenance vehicle to spot the location of the woman.

“I was halfway down when I saw her hanging on to part of the pillar of the bridge so I jumped down to reach her,” he said.

He clari fied that he emptied out a jerrycan to use as a makeshift float as there was none in the maintenance vehicle.

Zaidi modestly insisted that the rescue was a team effort involving colleagues Mohd Fitri and Megat Taufik, crediting them for first noticing the woman’s car parked on KM9.9 of the bridge and radioing for assistance.

“They helped me rappel down the pillar to locate her as we can hear her shouting for help but couldn’t see her from the bridge,” he said.

He said he had to hold on to the woman tightly when he reached her so as to prevent her from being swept out to sea alone.

“I was also worried that she might start struggling but fortunately, she was cooperative and as we were pulled out by the tides, I let her hold on to the jerrycan while I held her to make sure she didn’t slip,” he said.

He said rescue teams who arrived later to the scene tried to extend floats to them, but he could not reach these.

“The tides were strong and I was getting weaker holding on to her and making sure she was safe,” he said.

He thanked all well wishers, the NSC and the police for presenting him and his colleagues with appreciation certificates for the rescue operation.

“I am just glad that we managed to save her that day,” he said.

Later, the Penang state government also presented Zaidi with an appreciation certificate and a RM500 contribution.

Caretaker Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng said the contribution is an appreciation for the 52-year-old’s bravery in rescuing the woman.

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