Tanjung Malim horror crash: Six in family to be cremated today

VEENA BABULAL and JUNE MOH


KUALA LUMPUR: The six family members who perished in a tragic accident on the North-South Expressway on Sunday will be cremated at the Nirvana Memorial Centre in Shah Alam today.

Their bodies were prepared for their final journey from the facility in Sungai Besi before being brought to Shah Alam for the cremation.

The casket bearing Lam Wai Loon, 46; Lam Jie Hong, 13; Lam Jie Yang, 19; Lam Wai Keat, 35; Lam Leong Choy, 76; and Wong Check Lee, 53; were ferried in six MPVs.

Three nuns led the caskets into the car while chanting Buddhist prayers. The first to leave the centre was Lam Leong Choy, 76.

Later, some 200 relatives and friends followed the casket on its journey out by foot. They later left by cars to Shah Alam.

Leong Choy’s widow, 71-year-old Ng Siew Yin, was not seen during the ceremony.

On Sunday morning, the six were killed when their MPV was rammed head on by an out-of-control trailer at KM403.3 of the North-South Expressway (NSE) near the Tanjung Malim toll plaza.

The trailer driver involved in the crash has been remanded since Monday.

Hulu Selangor district police chief Supt R. Supramaniam had said that the 27-year old driver from Kedah, whose remand will expire on April 6, is being investigated under Section 41(1) Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless and dangerous driving.

If found guilty, he could be jailed for two to 10 years, and fined between RM5,000 and RM20,000.

The driver had six previous driving offences including a criminal record under the Drug Dependents (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act 1983.

He had also been booked for driving without a licence in the past.