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Hong Kong goes crazy for ‘hero’ policeman

The man had climbed a 20-metre-high (65ft) crane at a construction site, and police were called to the scene.Ifzal Zaffar, who is of Pakistani descent, duly climbed up too and addressed him in their shared language.The man agreed to come down, and was taken to hospital.

A Hong Kong policeman has been branded a national hero at only 20 years old.Ifzal Zaffar managed to talk a suicidal Pakistani man out of killing himself – and was the only one around who could speak fluent Urdu.The distressed man had climbed to the top of a construction site and was going to jump to his death when police were called to the scene.

Constable Zaffer, who also speaks fluent Cantonese, said he was simply following his training.“I used the techniques we learned at the academy … I think he felt safer knowing that I could talk to him in his own language,” he told Apple Daily.The young man joined the force just under a year ago, and is said to be the only officer of Pakistani origin in the district.He arrived via a Hong Kong police scheme to recruit non-Chinese officers, called Operation Gemstone. The Muslim Council of Hong Kong also lauded Zaffar’s integrity saying, “Bravo to this young man and thank you to the HK police force for bringing him in. Hope more such stories can be seen to show HK is indeed a multi-cultural city.”

The 20-year-old’s good looks have also been noted by media outlets, with him being branded “pretty boy cop” and “Hong Kong’s most handsome police officer”.

On an interview video shared by the Hong Kong Police on Facebook, people praised the young man’s actions. “He is very handsome yet having a golden heart,” gushed Facebook user Nuna Priya.

“Mr. Ifzal Zaffar, many citizen support you, pls keep on serving the society. Thanks!!!” wrote Baba Bebe Wong.

“Excellent Cantonese…good character…friendly personality…high spirit…he’s an asset to the Hong Kong police force,” Richard Chin wrote. As netizens commented his integrity and professionalism, the Muslim Council of Hong Kong also joined the chorus of support.

“Bravo to this young man and thank you to the HK police force for bringing him in,” it said.

“Hope more such stories can be seen to show HK is indeed a multi-cultural city.”

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