In today’s news, a bizarre hit-and-not-really-run accident left one Kuala Lumpur driver in quite a shock.
We’ve heard of hit-and-run stories but this, we’re completely new to.
The driver, one 30-odd year old Malaysian named Erik, initially posted up a status on his personal Facebook page (which we will not link here as he has requested for privacy) a couple of hours ago which read:
Today would be officially the worst day of my life. I witness something that no one should see.
It was then followed by another status which said:
This is so screw up. Witness somebody jumping off.
When contacted via Facebook, he told us that he had been driving along Jalan Duta in Kuala Lumpur at around 11:05am this morning. Then, out of nowhere, a speeding Proton Saga (which had a Perak state car plate registration number) rammed into his car from behind.
Proton Saga pictured below:
The Proton Saga driver (name withheld as this case could be under investigation) then got out of his car, handed his IC over to Erik, and told him to file a car insurance claim for the accident before climbing up a MRT track pillar which was under construction and jumping. He is believed to have died on the spot.
Needless to say, Erik was stunned as it all happened in the blink of an eye. According to him, at the time of the incident, nobody bothered to help him. He told us, “It happened so fast I wish I could turn back time and stop him. I shouted at the workers to go up and stop him. They did not care.”
Erik said that the bizarre incident was due to the fact that the 39-year-old Proton Saga driver was depressed.
Erik also added that police arrived at the scene shortly after, and that he’s currently on the way to the police station to make a report.
UPDATE (10th June, 9am):
According to a report from The Star Online, Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Muhammad Azlee Abdullah said the body of the man, identified as Ngah Yung Chen, 39, was taken to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for post mortem after falling form a height of four storeys.
“No foul play was involved and police are investigating the case as sudden death,” he said.
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) confirmed the incident at the MRT Project work site at Jalan Duta. MRT Corp and all other parties involved in the MRT Project will provide police with the fullest cooperation for investigations into the case.
If you are in pain or if you know someone who’s in pain, please..please get help. Talk to a family member, a friend, or a professional. You may also contact The Befrienders (they have HQs in Malacca, Penang, KL, Ipoh, and Seremban) or call one of the Lifeline Association of Malaysia hotlines at:
- (603) 92850039
- (603) 92850279
- (603) 92850049
We cannot stress enough how serious depression is. Depression is not the same as sadness. Depression is an illness, a disease, whereas sadness is an emotion. Do not downplay it, do not criticise it, do not shun it. Get help as and when necessary.