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Malaysian Developers to probe high-rise climb for dangerous selfie

Developers have gone to the police over stunt video uploaded last weekend

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 January, 2017, 11:08am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 January, 2017, 11:49am

The developer of a convention centre here has started a probe to find out how a youth managed to trespass into its site and scale to the top of a crane there.

A self-recorded video of the youth’s stunt was uploaded on YouTube on December 31 by the YouTube account “Viral Malaysia”.

When he reached the top, the youth sat down and continued recor­­ding himself, with the Greentown commercial area visible in the background based on several notable landmarks there.

When contacted, the developer of Ipoh Convention Centre (ICC) said they would find out from the security company how the youth managed his “feat”.

“We did not give him any permit to do so,” said project director Mohd Pauzi.

Mohd Pauzi said a police report had been lodged over the youth’s stunt.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong confirmed the matter was being investigated but declined to elaborate further.

This case came on the heels of another video that showed a group of people climbing the “Ipoh” signboard atop Gunung Lang, Jalan Kuala Kangsar.

ACP Sum confirmed that eight youths, believed to be between 20 and 24, have surrendered themselves and had their statements taken yesterday but declined to elaborate further.

They are believed to have climbed up to the signboard via a trail near the Long Thau Ngan Temple.

When met, temple committee member Lee Hen Mun, 43, said they did not permit anyone to scale the hill.

“There is a trail leading from the temple premises, but it’s rarely used except by city council-employed maintenance workers to maintain the signboard,” he added.

“It is very dangerous to climb up there and we don’t encourage people to do so.”

Lee said the temple would call a meeting to discuss the incident.

“We plan to put up a signboard warning people of the dangers of climbing the hill,” he said, adding that the temple would cooperate with the police in its investigations.

Despite photographs which purportedly showed that the city council had permitted them to do so, Ipoh mayor Datuk Zamri Man said that no council officer had given them permission because the place was off-limits for safety reasons.

Developers to probe trespass in youth’s crane climb