Friday, September 23, 2011

F&N honours ordinary people as heroes

KUALA LUMPUR: Many ordinary people have shown tremendous courage by risking their lives and limbs in order to save others.
For seven unsung heroes comprising Malaysians from all walks of life, their heroic acts have won them recognition. They were honoured recently at the F&N Out-Do-Yourself Award (OYA) presentation ceremony.

Jonathan Jobal, 14, from a village in Keningau, Sabah, saved his two cousins in a fire.

"I was scared and alone but I know if I didn't save them, I would regret it for the rest of my life. My aunt who went out to tap rubber had told me to look after them," said Jonathan, whose ambition is to be a fireman.

Another act of bravery came from a petite woman living nearby the Belum Forest Reserve near Gerik.

Han Besou, 55, saved her husband, Tambun Gediu, 60, from a tiger attack using only a ladle.

However, both of them could not attend the award ceremony due to transport problems. Their awards were nevertheless presented to them by F&N at their home.

The company's senior manager Long Wey Hin who went to Han's place retold her story about how Han's husband's head was underneath the tiger's mouth, but her ladle still saved the day as she used it to chase the big cat away.

Lau Chooi Lin, 51, received the award on behalf of her late husband, Ong Kim Koon, who was hit by a car right after he saved a couple from a road accident last April.

"He had been always helpful and I am so proud of him even though we had lost him for his kind deed," said Lau.

The fourth hero, Tey Chong Suan, 74, rescued one of two boys from being swept away by strong currents in a river near his house in June 25 this year.

Other recipients included national athletes, cyclist Azizulhasni Awang and diver Pandelela Rinong, who won medals for the country.

Besides that, a couple, Tan Choo Tang and Wee Phooi Khuan were honoured by F&N for their generosity for sponsoring their Indonesian maid Sarmini Muhyadi to get her diploma.

F&N Holdings Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Ng Jui Sia said: "We sometimes measure ourselves against 'great' people, usually those who have acquired wealth, fame, or greater career success.

"We forget that even the most ordinary people on the street are capable of greatness."

The panel of judges comprising local media had chosen seven candidates based on their nation-building contribution, sports, academics, bravery, chivalry, civic consciousness, kindness and compassion.

The winners were each awarded RM5,000, a certificate and plaque as well as a host of F&N products.

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