‘Abang Viva’ Receives State Award For Saving Flood Victims In Shah Alam Last Year

A national hero.

Azwan Omar, fondly known as ‘Abang Viva’ to many, has been honored by the Melaka state government for his heroics during the devastating floods in Shah Alam last year.

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According to Bernama, he was conferred the Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK) in conjunction with Melaka governor Ali Rustam’s 73rd birthday at Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh yesterday.

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'abang viva' receives state award
Photo via Bernama via FMT

Travelled far to save flood victims

Azwan was given the nickname ‘Abang Viva’ after he went viral online for driving his Perodua Viva with a boat attached to it.

During the floods which destroyed many homes and left residents stranded, he drove all the way from Melaka to Shah Alam to come to their aid.

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He also only had RM50 in his pocket and survived only on bread and water given to him by the flood victims and NGOs.

Azwan later travelled to Terengganu two months later to help those who were affected by severe flooding.

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Cover image via Bernama via FMT & FB/KL Online

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