SIBU: Students who were taught by Yap Hue Ling (pic), who fainted while giving additional Mandarin lessons in school before dying at the Sibu Hospital, described her as a dedicated teacher.
Shirline Chan, who is in Form Five at SMK Deshon, said she could not believe Yap was gone.
“Her death came too soon. I really can’t accept that she’s gone,” said Chan who sobbed when interviewed over the phone yesterday.
Yap, 47, from Tawau, Sabah, died at 10.21am on May 30, four days after she was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.
She leaves behind her civil engineer husband and a daughter, aged 10, and two boys, aged 12 and 16.
Chan said Yap first taught her Moral Education in Form Three.
“She was always ready with a smile. And she always took the time to give each one of us encouragement or pointers on how we could improve when we struggled with our studies,” she said.
“She never let me give up Mandarin although I was failing the subject.
“She told me it was an important language and under her guidance, as our teacher for the subject, I have been getting 60% constantly,” she said.
During the incident at 8.30am on May 20, Chan said when Yap came for the extra tuition class, she noticed the absence of one student.
Yap remarked the missing student should have a more positive outlook before suddenly fainting and hitting her head against the wall behind her, said Chan.
“We were all shocked. A teacher performed CPR on her while waiting for an ambulance to arrive as she had difficulty breathing,” she said.
Chan said she and her classmates visited Yap in the ICU that evening.
The leader of the school’s Boys Brigade Presley Moh said Yap was also a very experienced teacher-in-charge of the movement.
“She was also the teacher-in-charge of the Boys Brigade of a school in Sabah before she was transferred here. She was the one who taught me how to organise activities for the club,” he said.
Moh said he had lost a very good friend and a teacher.
Sibu MP Oscar Ling, who is Yap’s brother-in-law, said she suffered a brain haemorrhage.
The funeral service will take place at 8.30am today.