Sibu student falls to his death from Taiwan university building

SIBU: An electrical and electronic engineering student from Sibu at the National Taipei University of Technology is reported to have fallen to his death at about 3.30pm on Saturday (May 8).

According to the See Hua Daily online portal, the 20-year-old male student went up to the eight floor of a building in the university and fell accidentally.

The daily said that police in Taiwan had ruled out external factors in the victim's death.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Taiwan Graduates Association Sibu Chapter chairman Lawrence Tiong told The Star on Sunday (May 9) that the victim was believed to be under tremendous pressure that prompted him to end his life.

"He had told his mother that he wanted to come back for a break. He subsequently applied to his university to fly home," he said.

Tiong said the victim was supposed to fly to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (May 8) as his air ticket had been booked.

However, the student was not allowed to fly as he had not undergone a mandatory Covid-19 screening.

"This setback of not being able to fly home could have worsened his mental state," said Tiong.

The association, he said, is arranging for a visa for his mother and sister to fly to Taiwan to make the necessary arrangements.

"We are applying for a special pass for his mother and sister to fly to the country without having to observe two weeks' quarantine," he said.

The victim's father had passed away in 2013.

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