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Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 9:33:30 AM

Highland Towers: Former residents mark anniversary

KUALA LUMPUR: A handful of former residents of Highland Towers gathered at the site of the abandoned blocks to mark the 20th anniversary of the tragedy that took 48 lives.

Former resident of Block 2 Chan Keng Fook, 56, said the traumatic incident would always remain in their hearts.

“I could still remember the scene then. There was a woman running away from the buildings and she was covered completely in white dust,” he said, recollecting the events of Dec 11, 1993.

Yesterday, Chan arrived at the site at around 1.30pm with an original poster that was created six months after the tragedy.

Gone but not forgotten: Chan posing with the poster of the victims during his visit to the Highland Towers site.

On reports that AmBank (M) Bhd is undertaking a tender exercise involving the sale of bungalow lots and residential units in Highland Towers, Chan said: “The owners have every right to do what they want with this property as all of us have sold our units back to them.”

“Most of us just want to move on and if something good can be done, we will welcome it.

“But it is also important that we do not forget the events that happened here,” he said.

A close friend of one of the victims, who only wanted to be known as Sethu, said he still thought about his friend Ong Tee Meng and his family.

Ong, 17, was killed along with his parents and three cousins.

“We were both studying in what was then Cochrane Road School. We were very good friends. Back then, we had just finished our SPM examinations and were excited to spend our holidays.”

“All I have left of Ong is a picture of the two of us taken right after we finished the examinations and a Christmas card I received from him two days after the collapse.

“He must have posted it on the same day the building collapsed,” Sethu said, adding that he would occasionally visit the place when he was in the area.

Former residents Dr P.G. George, who wore the shirt he had worn on that fateful day and Sasha Bashir were also present to commemorate the anniversary.

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Tags / Keywords: Family & Community, highland towers, 20th anniversary, chan keng fook

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