Friday January 25, 2013
Mum and daughter crushed to death on the way to park
By M. SIVANANTHA SHARMA
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Every day Tan Sai Lang, 70, and her daughter Heng Lee Liew, 44, go for their regular morning exercise at a park without fail.
Yesterday, however, both did not make it to their favourite exercise spot.
They were killed in a freak accident just about 100m from the Cherok Tokun recreation park.
Tan and Heng, who were both on their way to the park at 6.30am in their Proton Satria, were crushed to death when a coconut tree fell on the car in Jalan Kolam Air, near here.
Firemen had to extricate their bodies before their remains were sent to the Bukit Mertajam Hospital for post-mortem.
Tan's son Heng Lih Hung, 40, who was at the mortuary to claim the bodies with his wife Geh Lim Kiang, 42, told reporters that his mother and sister were regulars at the park.
“My mother became a single parent after my father died several years ago,” said Heng Lih, adding that Lee Liew was the eldest in the family of four.
He added that his mother ran two uniform-making outlets at Taman Permata and Taman Sin Tatt.
Bukit Mertajam Barisan Nasional coordinator Lau Chiek Tuan, Padang Lalang BN coordinator Tan Teik Cheng, Bukit Mertajam MP Chong Eng, Padang Lalang assemblyman Michael Tan were also at the scene of the incident.
Michael Tan told reporters at the hospital that the Penang Government would give RM2,000 to the family from the state TYT Disaster Fund.