KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Mount Kinabalu hero guide Mohd Rizuan Kauhinin has been invited to go to Singapore to meet the parents of a 12-year-old pupil he rescued during the June 5 earthquake.
Rizuan, 25, was at the Immigration Department here on Friday to process his passport to enable him to go to the Republic, accompanied by a group of people who are arranging the trip.
"I have just made my passport and will be travelling to Singapore soon," a delighted Rizuan said.
A photograph of Rizuan carrying the injured boy, known as Wafeeq, on his back had become the iconic symbol of the mountain guides' heroism on social media.
He told The Star that he was not sure when he will be travelling to Singapore but has been told he will be meeting the boy's parents soon.
The boy's father had called Rizuan a few days ago to thank him for rescuing his son and expressed hope to meet soon.
According to Rizuan, the father told him that the boy was still under treatment for his injuries sustained from rockfalls.
The father also said that they wanted to meet Rizuan once the boy has recovered.
Rizuan had told the father that he would also like to meet him.
In an immediate Facebook posting after the iconic photo went viral, the boy's mother, using the name "Sabrena El Huda" also thanked Rizuan.
"Thats my son from TKP ... he is currently receiving treatment for his injuries ... please continue to pray for the team... can nvr thk the Sabahan rangers enough for his rescue efforts," she wrote.