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Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 11:57:33 PM
by natasha joibi
KUALA LUMPUR: The schoolteacher who fell to his death while hiking along the treacherous Bukit Tabur trail had previously asked his mother permission to do the trail, which she refused to give, the victim's brother revealed Wednesday.
Eric Ng Pee Tat, a 32-year-old science teacher at a private school in Shah Alam, fell to his death at the treacherous Bukit Tabur 8pm Tuesday night during a hiking expedition with his colleague David Spencer, 29.
The sixty-three-year-old mother of Ng was at loss for words after identifying her youngest son's body at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital mortuary Wednesday evening.
"I only found out about my son's death at 2am the next day (Wednsday)," said the grieving mother, adding that she had always advised Eric against mountain climbing out of concern for his safety.
She told reporters that Ng had done wall-climbing a few times, but Bukit Tabur was his first stab at outdoor rock climbing.
"I am tired and heartbroken. I can't believe that my son has left just like that. I wish I could have gone in his place instead," she said.
Ng's 36-year-old brother and a female friend were at his mother's side when she identified his body.
"My brother led an active lifestyle which includes playing football and frequenting a fitness centre.
"Two months ago, Eric requested permission from my mother to climb up Bukit Tabur but she managed to coax him out of the idea," his brother said.
It is believed that Ng had not told his mother of his intention to hike up Bukit Tabur, for fear of it being met with disapproval.
It is learnt that Ng will be cremated on Friday.
Treacherous Bukit Tabur trail claims another victim as teacher plunges to his death
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