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by simren kaur
Lee, together with other family members, talking to Gobind Singh during the first day of the inquest at the Penang Sessions court.
GEORGE TOWN: The wife of economy rice seller Lim Chin Aik, 44, who is presumed dead after a concrete lightning arrestor fell on his car during a freak storm, broke down during an inquest to certify his death.
Lee Chai Song, 48, could not hold back her tears when she recalled that her daughter Lim Hui Jiun, 13, was sent home from school by a teacher, instead of her husband, on June 13 at about 9.30pm.
Lee said Hui Jiun had called home twice, after Chin Aik left the house between 6.40pm and 6.50pm.
“I told her to be patient as her father might be caught in a traffic jam,” she testified in Hokkien before Coroner Khairul Anuar Abdul Halim yesterday.
Lee said that when Chin Aik drove his Honda car to pick Hui Jiun up, he would use Macalister Road, passing Menara Umno, to go to her school in Pulau Tikus.
“On the day of the incident, I heard about the freak storm where the lightning arrestor from Menara Umno fell onto Macalister Road, but I did not think anything would have happened to my husband,” she said.
She also said Chin Aik did not take his mobile phone with him when travelling short distances.
“I became worried when a teacher sent Hui Jiun home.
“I called Chin Aik’s brother to look for him that night and checked if he was at the Penang Hospital, but he was not,” said Lee.
She said they continued to look for Chin Aik the following morning, fearing that his car could have been hit by a tree during the storm.
Unable to locate him, Lee then lodged a police report in the afternoon.
She related how she only suspected the worst when a voluntary patrol member called to tell her that parts of a car had been dug out, and gave her a chassis number.
“I checked and it matched my husband’s car,” she said.
Hui Juin testified that she waited up to 9pm that day for her father to pick her up from school but he never turned up.
“The last time I saw my father was in the morning on that day,” she said.
Gobind Singh Deo is holding a watching brief for the family while the conducting officer assisting the coroner’s court is Lim Cheah Yit.
The inquest continues today.
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