We are all superheroes

Superheroes certainly don’t exist, but let’s not forget there are many everyday heroes who live among us. Take Rozaimi Zainal for example – his courageous attempt to break an Indonesian maid’s fall two weeks ago has ignited an overwhelming number of encouraging feedback from netizens!

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(Source: http://www.tnp.sg/content/man-breaks-leg-trying-catch-maid-who-fell-14-storeys)

we are all superheroes 4(Source: http://forum.channelnewsasia.com/showthread.php?1273550-NEWS-Maid-plunges-14-storeys-from-Tanah-Merah-condo-block)

Although Mr Rozaimi was unable to save the maid due to the impact of her fall, there’s no doubt that his attempt was both brave and laudable. Especially since he’s declared in interviews that he’d put his life on the line again should he be placed in a similar situation.

“As a human being, as a fellow person, it is my duty to at least try to save another person’s life.”

This, despite the fact that he has had to go through three operations, shattered all his bones in his left leg, and will be hospitalized for at least the next six weeks.

According to multiple expert opinions, the force of an object falling at a similar velocity is so great that Mr Rozaimi is considered lucky to be alive!

To put things into perspective, Dr John Heng, a senior research fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, says that being hit by a body weighing 50kg falling from 14 stories is the equivalent to being rammed by a car moving at 100kmh!

Well, that explains his extensive injuries and the long recovery period that he has to undergo. Looking at the pictures that have been circulating online, Mr Rozaimi certainly looked like he was in a lot of pain.

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Unfortunately, that’s just one out of the many problems he’ll need to worry about.

Beyond the road to physical recovery, he might possibly also need to relook his employability as a result of his injuries.

His current duties as a cleaning supervisor require him to spend long hours on his feet, doing his rounds for inspections and maintenance, as well as ensuring the estate he oversees is in running order.

While there are no official statements issued as to whether he will sustain any long-term damage to his left leg, there is always the possibility that he doesn’t regain the mobility and nimbleness he used to enjoy in his pre-injury days.

Sadly, this might affect his ability to commit a 100% to his duties at work.

And what about the lost income during his hospitalisation period?

Under the Ministry of Manpower’s sick leave entitlement, Mr Rozaimi is eligible for paid hospitalisation leave up to a maximum of 60 days if he has completed at least six months of service with his employer, Starlike Maintenance Services.

No of months of service completed of a new employee Paid Outpatient non-hospitalisation leave (days) Paid hospitalisation leave (days)*
3 months 5 15
4 months 5 + 3 = 8 15 + 15 = 30
5 months 8 + 3 = 11 30 + 15 = 45
6 months 11 + 3 = 14 45 + 15 = 60
thereafter 14 60

(Source: http://www.mom.gov.sg/employment-practices/leave-and-holidays/Pages/sick-leave.aspx)

So technically speaking, if all goes well, he will not suffer any loss in income as he is covered by the Employment Act. However, if his hospitalisation period extends beyond what he was originally expecting and over and beyond the 60 days, then his employer has no legal obligation to disburse any salary.

In that sense, the discretion is based solely on the goodness of his employer to offer any form of salary, especially since some may argue his injury doesn’t’ qualify as a workplace accident…

Hopefully, some external aid will be provided to tide him through the next few months as he recovers from his injuries – perhaps from MPs, town councils, or possibly even the residents?

Consider the fact that Mr Rozaimi is a divorcee with a 14 year-old daughter who still needs some form of guardian supervision while he’s hospitalised!

Financial assistance aside, he may possibly require emotional support in the form of counselling; speaking to The New Paper, he has mentioned that he still “see(s) her body every time I (he) close(s) my (his) eyes”.

Instead of making wild speculation as to how the maid fell to her death, let’s shift the focus to Mr Rozaimi and his heroic deed by offering support through our words and actions.

It’s the least we can do to commend him for his courageous deed!

And to those who say people in Singapore are self-centred and self-absorbed: think again!

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