Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Suicidal Genting Highlands: Two Different Versions of Story

Ah, the wonderful MSM. Let's see how they report it:

The Star:

Wednesday April 9, 2008

Safety net thwarts suicide

PETALING JAYA: Deep in debt to loan sharks, a man jumped out of a Genting Highlands hotel restaurant window to his death. Well, not to his death. He crashed through the rooftop of the Genting Skyway station and landed on the safety net
under the cable car system.

The man, identified as Lai, was seen kicking open the window of a restaurant at Highland Hotel before jumping out at 9am yesterday.

Failed attempt: Rescuers trying to persuade Lai to give up
his suicide bid. Lai jumped out of a restaurant but landed on the Genting Skyway
safety net.

Stopped by the net, he sat on its edge for five hours, halting the cable car service and forcing all passengers to be transported to the lower station by bus and the Awana Skyway.

From 9.30am, firemen tried to coax him down and even offered him fried chicken, said a witness who declined to be identified.

“Later, he called his father and told him he was going to die today before switching off the phone,” the witness said.

Rescue effort: A rescuer offering Lai a cigarette as he
tries to talk him out of committing suicide. Lai finally relented at about
3pm.

About five hours later, firemen persuaded him to give up his death wish and police escorted him to the Kuala Kubu Baru Hospital at 3pm.

Wah, so imaginative. Got 'debts' and 'fried chicken' some more!

NST:

2008/04/09
High drama as man jumps from gondola
Drama on the skyway — the young man at Genting Highlands was coaxed down after five hours yesterday.
Drama on the skyway — the young man at Genting Highlands was coaxed
down after five hours yesterday.

GENTING HIGHLANDS: It was high drama in the driving rain of
Genting Highlands yesterday morning when a man jumped out of a Genting Skyway gondola apparently in an attempt at suicide.


The unidentified man, however, was saved by the Genting Skyway safety net and spent almost five hours perched precariously on the edge of the net.

Rescue personnel spent a fair part of the morning with the man before finally convincing him to return to safety.

The man was later sent to the Kuala Kubu Baru Hospital for a medical
evaluation.

The drama unfolded at 9.15am when the man, who is in his 20s,
jumped out of the gondola's window but landed on the safety net.

The gondola was on its way down from Genting Highlands to the Skyway station near Awana. Skyway staff who spotted the man immediately halted the gondola service.

Passengers in other gondolas were informed of the incident via the onboard radio and told to remain calm.

The Resorts World Bhd Fire and Rescue Department rushed to the
scene and a negotiator was sent up to talk to the man and calm him
down.

Other gondolas were recalled back to Genting Highlands and
passengers were transported by buses to the lower station near
Awana.

Resorts World Bhd issued a statement yesterday apologising for the
inconvenience caused. The gondola service was halted for about six hours before it was resumed.

Funny, isn't it?

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