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by winnie yeoh
Painful loss: Family members of Siew Chin (inset) could not hold back their tears at the Penang Hospital mortuary.
GEORGE TOWN: A 20-year-old college student, believed to be suffering from stress after having to re-sit six exam papers, fell to her death from the 10th floor of a flat in Tanjung Bungah here.
Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC) accounting student Chew Siew Chin was found sprawled in a pool of blood by residents who alerted the police.
It is learnt that Siew Chin, who was from Sungai Petani, Kedah, was alone in the rented flat when the incident happened at about 3am yesterday.
Siew Chin’s mother Tan Sook Hun, 54, said her daughter had told her when she was home for the Hari Raya break recently that she needed to sit for an exam yesterday morning.
“She was her usual self when she came home. She watched her favourite television programmes and studied in her room.
“She didn’t complain about her studies. If she had told me about her problems, I am sure I could have helped her,” said a teary Tan when met at the Penang Hospital mortuary.
Siew Chin’s father Chew Beng Hooi, 54, said he and his wife never pressured her in her studies.
“I only found out she had to re-sit the six papers from my elder daughter. I believe she was stressed from having to re-sit the papers while her friends had all passed,” he said.
“Siew Chin obtained three As in the SPM and it was her decision to study in Penang.”
College principal Amos Teoh expressed shock over the incident and urged students with problems in their studies to approach the college for assistance.
Those with problems can contact the Befrienders at 04-2815 161 or 04-2811 108 (Penang), 05-5477 933 or 05-5477 955 (Ipoh) and 03-7956 8144 or 03-7956 8145 (Klang Valley).
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