SMG employees mourn loss of cherished colleague and friend

PETALING JAYA: Star Media Group (SMG) lost one of its most dedicated employees, graphic artist Tan Lay Ting (pic), who was noted for her kindness and cheerful self.

Tan, 51, who had been with the company for 25 years, died of illness at Sunway Medical Centre here yesterday afternoon.

SMG assistant general manager Tan Chin Ai said her long-serving colleague was not only very friendly and bubbly but also particularly kind.

“Lay Ting would sometimes cry together with clients when they walked in to place obituary ads for their family.

“What irony, now we have to prepare her obituary ad, ” said Chin Ai.

“Outside of work, she was our ‘lou sang’ organiser who would gather the retired and existing staff every Chinese New Year.

“She always made us laugh too. We will miss her terribly, ” she said.

Lay Ting will also be dearly missed by her colleagues from other departments.

Lim Sui Jin from the Technology Department said Lay Ting was a trusted comrade.

“She was a rare gem and a great friend, one of the most beautiful souls we have known.

“Her passing is truly a great loss to those who have known her, ” he said.

Another colleague, Mindy Chin, said: “She was one of the most friendly and authentic people I know in SMG. To know I won’t have the chance to see her again is heartbreaking.”

A family member said the Petaling Jaya-born Lay Ting had undergone an operation on Tuesday night but her condition worsened on Thursday morning before she passed away yesterday.

Lay Ting started in the advertising department in 1996 and worked her way up to the post of assistant chief graphic artist in 2019 – a position she held until her passing.

A wake will be held at Nirvana Memorial Park’s Wisdom Hall in Shah Alam today and tomorrow. Prayers will take place from 6pm to 8pm.

The cortege will leave for cremation at 10am on Monday.

For more information, contact her brother Tan Teck Meng at 012-233 6246.

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