US nationals arrested, charged for climbing world’s 2nd tallest building in Malaysia


It has been reported that a group of Americans were arrested and charged for breaking into and climbing Merdeka 118, the second tallest building in the world, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Army veteran and urban explorer Isaac Wright uploaded a video of their climb to his YouTube channel on December 30, 2022.

Although the Braves did not elaborate on the details of their climb, including the date of the climb issued a statement On Tuesday, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) revealed that Merdeka Ventures had illegally climbed on May 1, 2022.

According to the statement, Wright and his gang were detained and charged with the crime Section 457 of the Malaysian Penal Code above that day they made the climb.

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The company announced that it will continue to improve security at Merdeka 118, explaining that safety remains a top priority as the 679-meter (about 2,228-foot) building remains a “live construction site.” Completion is expected in mid-2023.

We would like to reiterate that such displays are illegal, dangerous, and pose a safety risk to trespassers and workers on site. Therefore, it is very disturbing that illegal activities on our property are used for illegal commercial gain and glory.

The video shows Wright and three other men wearing construction worker-like vests entering the construction site to break into Merdeka 118.

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After quietly walking through the various rooms and up the stairs, the group finally reached another staircase with a locked door and a large sheet of cloth covering the entire handle.

Despite the obvious signs that they shouldn’t be there, Wright and his group are still determined to squeeze through a small gap in the fabric.

When they got to the top, they encountered a thunderstorm, but that didn’t stop them.

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It’s unclear how long the group was on top of the building, but footage shows they were still there after sunrise.

“The journey has been long and difficult and full of challenges,” Wright wrote in the caption of the YouTube post.

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The trip ended successfully [sic] year-end gift for showing the video. This video is an artistic expression of freedom for love and I will not encourage anyone to recreate the actions shown in this video.”

Wright had already made headlines in the US a few years before Merdeka broke 118 cars.

Wright is an honorably retired Army veteran who served as a paratrooper a Army Special Forces BattalionIn November 2021, six people were convicted of trespassing into the Great American Tower in Cincinnati’s Queen City Square to enter a treatment program. part of the plea agreement.

He was later linked to other similar incidents through the Driftershoots online brand. Some of his posts include photos of skyscrapers and bridges across the country.

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