PETALING JAYA: In a daredevil feat, a man scaled from one floor to another of a high-rise Johor Bahru apartment complex, in a break-in attempt.
The Johor fire department, however, said the attempted burglary, which was captured on video and shared widely on social media, was foiled by the time it’s personnel arrived.
In the minute-long clip, a man can be seen climbing from one balcony to another on the upper floors of the building, before eventually hopping over the railing to enter one of the apartment units.
In a statement, the fire department said it had received a call at about 4.30pm yesterday to rescue a man at Aliff Residence in Tampoi.
Fourteen officers, led by senior fire officer Nordatul Badrol Abd Rahman, as well as one fire rescue tender, three emergency medical rescue services machines and three rapid intervention motorcycle units, went to the scene.
Nordatul said that when the team arrived, they found a man on the veranda of a 19th floor apartment. They believe he had been trying to break into the unit. By the time the team arrived, the man had been stopped by the public.
Johor Bahru Utara district police chief Rupiah Abd Wahid said in a statement the 27-year-old man had 18 prior charges for various criminal and narcotic offences, and was wanted by IPD Iskandar Puteri. Urine tests found the suspect was positive for methamphetamine.
During the suspect’s arrest, 4.3g of crystals suspected of being syabu were seized, as was a black Toyota Vios, some remote control cars, cameras, watches and a parang.
The case is being investigated under Section 448 of the Penal Code relating to “house-trespass”, as well as Section 12 (2) and Section 15 (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which involve possession and self-administration of illicit drugs.