Student leaps into river after phone argument
Sun, Jun 13, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network

MUAR, MALAYSIA: A polytechnic student shocked nearby anglers when he suddenly jumped into Sungai Muar after a distressing handphone conversation while at the town bridge.

A search is under way to find M. Kalaiwanen.

Angler Mohd Sarman Tokiman, 28, said he saw the 19-year-old Kalaiwanen speaking on the handphone around 2.30am and the student seemed to be arguing with the person on the other side.

"After some time, he sat down and looked into the waterway. The next moment, he jumped into the river!," Mohd Sarman said. Some other anglers quickly alerted police.

Muar marine police chief Asst Supt Abdul Lajis Tahir said a search and rescue team comprising marine policemen, firemen and civil defence members was formed.

The team searched the river from the bridge up to Sabak Aur and down to the estuary but until noon yesterday had yet to find Kalaiwanen.

Relatives told police that the young man, who was studying in Seremban, was heartbroken when he came to know that the family of his girlfriend had objected to the relationship. -The Star/ANN




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