Laid-off foreigner falls to his death

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 11, 2013): Office workers and bystanders were horrified when a Nepali man who recently lost his job fell to his death from the roof of a three storey shophouse on Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail today.

The unidentified foreigner believed to be in his 30's had earlier held up firemen and police personnel who tried to rescue and coax him out of danger for three hours before his fall.

He was initially spotted standing precariously on the roof of the shophouse by passers-by who alerted the police at 8am.

A police spokesman said the Fire and Rescue Department arrived the scene within minutes and persuaded the man who threatened to jump to step back into the building.

Not taking chances, the firemen deployed a safety airbag on the ground to buffer the impact in case the man decided to jump.

However, on seeing the safety net on the ground, the foreigner kept moving as firemen kept shifting the airbag in tandum.

It is learnt that the victim had told firemen that he was fired from his job recently.

At 11am, with the public including reporters who were covering the case watching him from the ground, the foreigner lost his balance and plunged to the ground. Police said he was killed on the spot.