KUALA LUMPUR: Fire and Rescue Department personnel are probably used to responding to bizarre emergency calls, but an incident in Kedah yesterday should be included in the Malaysia Book of Records
A team from the Alor Setar Fire and Rescue Department rushed to an area behind a school in Anak Bukit after receiving a distress call about the presence of a dangerous animal at 6.03pm on Saturday.
What they found instead was a common green bottle fly in a cupboard!
Kedah Fire and Rescue Department director Sayani Saidon said this was the first time the department responded to such a call in the state.
“Our men were told that the caller had heard some strange hissing sounds coming from the cupboard.
"After a thorough check, the team discovered a fly trapped in the cupboard and not a snake as was thought earlier," he said when met at the state Fire and Rescue Department headquarters today.
He added that the case was settled by 9pm.
"We hope the public will be more careful next time when making emergency calls. Maybe try and identify the problem first, or in this case the animal, before calling for assistance.
"There could be some bigger cases such as fire, accident or drowning that require our immediate attention." Sayani said.
In September, Damansara Fire and Rescue Department received a call from a distraught woman pleading for help to remove a “huge monitor lizard” from her condominium unit in Petaling Jaya.
Upon reaching the woman’s home, the firefighters – who were braced for a struggle with a large, wild animal – were pointed to a gecko, or 'cicak' no larger than an adult’s thumb.