ALOR SETAR: It was a poignant moment for about 300 students, teachers and friends who attended the funeral service of Tan Beng Shen (pic) who was killed in a freak accident in a hotel.
His SMK Tokai schoolmates bade him farewell by rendering a Mandarin song titled Peng You (Friend) at his house in Taman Dahlia here yesterday.
The 14-year-old Form Two student had bled to death after a sink fell and cut his left thigh just after midnight on Saturday inside the hotel room in Tandop.
Parents Tan Kim Hai, 48, and Ooi Sheau Ching, 42, claimed that the sink had not been properly installed.
“I am still waiting for an explanation from the hotel. I was told that the sink had no proper support,” he said yesterday.
Kim Hai said the family was finding it hard to come to grips with what happened to Beng Shen.
It was reported that the ambulance had arrived at the hotel about 40 minutes after receiving the call.
Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital director Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie explained yesterday that the ambulance had, in fact, arrived less than 20 minutes after receiving the call.
She said based on the hospital’s record, the 999 call came in at 12.26am on Saturday, adding that the ambulance arrived at the hotel at 12.40am.
“The 999 emergency call centre uses a computerised system and all calls are recorded,” she added.