Sabah quake: Malaysian guide dies while shielding guests from boulder

ANOTHER Malaysian guide has died due to injuries sustained during the earthquake that rocked Mount Kinabalu in Sabah last Friday.

The death of Mr Joseph Selungin, 33, was annouced by his employer, tour company Amazing Borneo on Monday morning. He had worked for the company for almost two months.

It said that Mr Selungin was found under a boulder, in the act of protecting two guests from the landslide of rocks that was triggered by the quake.

His two guests also perished in the quake, according to Amazing Borneo.

Fellow guide Sharulnizam Suhaji said he last saw Mr Selungin using his body to shield the two guests from the rocks.

He also described Mr Selungin as an "easy-going person with a good heart, soft-spoken and always kind", as quoted by Amazing Borneo

Said the statement announcing the guide's death, posted on Facebook by the tour company: "He has brought nothing but good memories and experiences for our fellow climbers. A man of courage and uncompromising thoughtfulness. His good-will and high-spirits will forever be remembered by all the lives he has touched."

It also sent his condolences to Mr Selungin's family, including his wife, four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter.

He was set to celebrate his wedding anniversary on June 12.

"We will miss you Joseph, you live on in the love you gave, and the laughter you shared, in our thoughts and in our memories, forever," added Amazing Borneo.

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