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Thursday August 26, 2010

Breast cancer survivor stabbed by snatch thief on pedestrian bridge

PETALING JAYA: Kinder­garten teacher Leong Lai Yong (pic) fought breast cancer for over two years and overcame it before going back to work just two months ago.

But a snatch thief puts a cruel end to her life, stabbing her with a knife on a pedestrian bridge as she was crossing the road to get to her workplace.

Her husband Michael Lok said Leong had retired earlier after teaching for 30 years but went back to the profession because she loved it so much.

“She had been teaching at the kindergarten in Subang Jaya for the past two months and had to take two buses from our home in Shah Alam to the kindergarten just to teach,” said Lok, who is in his 60s.

He said Leong was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago but managed to fight off the disease.

“After all that she had been through, it is so cruel that she had to die like this,” he said, expressing his shock over her sudden death.

“When my daughter called me about the incident, I kept hoping that it was a prank call as we have received similar prank calls before.

“I can’t believe that she is gone,” he said.

During the incident at around 7am yesterday, Leong, 57, was approached by a man while she was walking on the bridge.

Selangor CID chief Asst Comm Omar Mamah said the man tried to grab her purse but Leong, from Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam, put up a struggle.

Evidence: Leong’s slippers at the pedestrian bridge where she was attacked by the snatch thief.

During the struggle, the man stabbed Leong on her left rib before fleeing.

Although several passers-by came to Leong’s aid, she died at the scene.

ACP Omar said the thief was seen running towards a petrol station before escaping.

“According to an eye-witness account, the thief is believed to be in his 20s,” he said, adding that forensic officers found a knife in a ditch where it was thrown by the suspect.

It was learnt that during the struggle with the thief, Leong had been on the handphone with her youngest son.

An eyewitness who picked up the phone called the son immediately afterwards.

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