: A man whose quick action saved four teenage girls from drowning has earned him a certificate of appreciation from the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) today.
Perak Tengah District Police Chief Supt Barudin Wariso said the certificate was handed to Muhammad Nor Imran Maula Abd Jalil, 31, in appreciation of his bravery and skill in saving four lives.
"It is not easy for anyone to perform the act, especially in waters where the current was strong and bodies become heavier, but he risked his life to save all the victims.
"This attitude should be praised and emulated by the public, especially because it involves lives, while personal safety must also be a priority," he said when met after presenting the certificate of appreciation to Muhammad Nor Imran Maula at Hutan Melintang here today.
Muhammad Nor Imran said he was glad that he managed to save all the victims and did not expect his actions to get the attention of the public.
He said he acted spontaneously to save the four girls even though the current in the river was strong and dangerous.
"I mustered all my strength and it is with the will of Allah that all were saved. It took me more than 30 minutes to save them, and they were weak and listless by then," Muhammad Nor Imran, a teacher at Sekolah Rendah Agama Rakyat Muhammadiah, Hutan Melintang, said.
He added he has been receiving text messages and calls from people he did not know who conveyed their thanks and praised his actions.
"The sister of one of the victims has also called me to meet and thank me," he said.
Earlier, Muhammad Nor Imran also received a token of appreciation from the Fire and Rescue Department and the Bagan Datuk Islamic Affairs Office.
Meanwhile, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu in a statement today praised Muhammad Nor Imran's bravery and said the state government will consider a special contribution for him in appreciation of his deeds.
A video recording has since gone viral showing Muhammad Nor Imran saving the four 18-year-old girls on Wednesday after the car they were traveling in fell into a canal at Kampung Teluk Sena, Kampung Gajah near Bota.