Wife's death a reminder for those operating buses


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 30 Jul 2003

SUBANG JAYA: The family of lawyer Sharon Teh Yoke Hong, who died after being knocked down by a bus, hopes the incident will be a lesson, particularly to those operating public buses.  

Her husband Vincent Sim, 53, said the accident should change the mindset of public transport operators about road safety as an innocent life has been taken away from her loved ones. 

“Public transport operators should realise there are people who may not be trained or fit to perform their duties.  

“This will put the lives of others at risk,” he said after the wake last night. 

On Friday, Teh, 43, was hit by a bus while crossing Jalan Raja in Kuala Lumpur after attending court.  

The lawyer was walking with her colleagues to her car when the accident occurred at noon. 

She was declared clinically dead on Monday but was put on life support until yesterday. 

Sim said his two children Leonhan, 11, and Li Tjen, 10, took the news badly. 

“They are young and need their mother's care. I will have to find a way to help them get through it,” he said. 

Teh's younger brother Seng Leong said she was an independent and hardworking person who always believed in helping others. 

“She even offered free legal advice to people whom she thought deserved help,” he said. 

He added that she was always working to help out the family of seven, which began from humble beginnings in Tanjung Malim, Perak. 

“We read about these things in the papers and never believe it will happen to us,” he said, adding that he hoped whoever was responsible would be made accountable for the incident.  

Lawyer Kitson Foong, who was standing in the middle of the road when the incident occurred, said he saw a bus suddenly appearing from the direction of St Mary's cathedral and turning the corner onto Jalan Raja just before it hit Teh. 

He said Teh fell in front of the bus, which then ran over her. 

“I don't think the driver noticed that he had hit someone because he didn't stop until I yelled at him,” he said.  

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