‘I’m sorry for being useless’ – Law student’s last message before falling to her death

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  • Monday, 12 May 2014

GEORGE TOWN: “Mother… father ... please take care. Eldest and second brother, please take care of our parents. I am sorry for being useless. I am sorry that I have to be ‘naughty’ this time. I love you all.”

The note written in Chinese was found in a Perodua Viva belonging to law student Tieu Hooi Theng, 21, who had earlier fallen to her death from the 18th floor of Menara Umno in Macalister Road here on Monday.

Her car was parked beside the building in Jalan Zainal Abidin.

Tieu, from Taman Mesra Permai, Butterworth, was supposed to sit for an exam at Recsam in Gelugor. 

But she found herself heading to Menara Umno for unknown reasons.

She was the youngest among three siblings.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said a pair of shoes, a handphone and a car key were found on the 18th floor of the 21-storey high building.

“The victim is believed to have fallen from the 18th floor corridor based on the location where the items were found.

“We managed to inform the victim’s family members and we found that the victim was supposed to sit for an exam today (Monday) but she refused to do so.

“We learnt that her father had insisted that the victim sit for the examination,” ACP Mior Faridalatrash said in a statement.

ACP Mior Faridalatrash said the police did not find any evidence to indicate foul play.

A family member, who declined to be named, said since young, Tieu had a history of being nervous when she was about to sit for her exams.

“Her family did not pressure her. The family had always advised her to calm down and not to be too nervous,” she said.

At the Penang Hospital mortuary, the victim’s distraught eldest brother refused to talk to the media. Also present were Tieu’s uncle and aunty.

A forensic officer at the mortuary confirmed that the cause of death was ‘multiple injuries due to a fall from height’.

Earlier, a security guard of Menara Umno had found Tieu’s body lying on the floor of an empty storage building beside Menara Umno at about 7.40am Monday. 

The impact of the fall had also damaged the zinc roof of the storage building.

When contacted, a college spokesman said Tieu, a first year Bachelor of Law student, was diligent and hardworking.

“Tieu was to sit for her first exam today (Monday). 

“The incident came to a shock to all of us,” she said.

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