Wednesday April 4, 2012
Disabled, sick and stuck in Haadyai
HAADYAI: Wheelchair-bound K.L. Tan (pic) hopes his health will not deteriorate as his medication was left inside his car at the basement car park of bomb-hit Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel here.
The 42-year-old from Klang said he urgently needed to retrieve his medicine and personal documents from his car because he was a diabetic and also suffered from a kidney ailment and hypertension.
His movement was confined after he was involved in a road accident 16 years ago.
Tan came here to do some shopping with his Thai wife, identified only as Anphan, 40, and daughter Yvonne, 18, after visiting a relative who was warded at a hospital here.
“I just want to get everything settled and return to Malaysia. My daughter has been missing college for the past two days. Besides, I need my medication badly,” said Tan outside the damaged hotel yesterday.
Tan's car was among 20 Malaysian-owned vehicles left stranded at the hotel's four-storey basement car park after two bombs installed inside vehicles went off on Saturday.
The blasts killed four people, including two Malaysians.
Cheong Yuen Yee, 36, hoped the Thai authorities would give priority to affected Malaysians to retrieve their vehicles from the basement.
“I'm in the dark over my car. If it is badly damaged, then I will need to get it repaired here. I was told the Thai authorities would compensate us over this.
“We have been stranded here for many days and both my school-going children have missed classes,” he said.
Hundreds of motorcycles were moved out from the basement yesterday before they were returned to their mostly Thai owners.
A Malaysian police liaison officer said Malaysian tourists would be able to check on their cars today.
It is learnt that more than 200 cars and 1,000 motorcycles were parked in the basement when the bombs went off.