“She could still be alive if they had helped”

In a frantic attempt to save his wife, a 31-year-old executive was forced to dig through the earth with his bare hands until his fingers bled.
He felt a sense of relief when rescue personnel arrived at the scene. But to his horror, they refused to help him, apart from throwing him a spade.

bukit antarabangsa landslide victim ng yee pengThe startling accusation was made by the family of Ng Yee Ping, a 30-year-old accountant who perished in the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide tragedy on Saturday.

Yee Ping (left), who delivered a son two months ago, is believed to have died of internal injuries due to broken ribs.

However, Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar came to the defence of the rescue personnel, citing their lack of training as a reason.

Speaking to reporters at the funeral service for Yee Ping yesterday, her family vented their frustrations claiming that she could still be alive if rescue personnel had acted promptly.

Recounting the ordeal, yee Ping’s mother-in-law Wong Sai Mooi said she and her husband had escaped through the second-floor window.
She then called out for her two sons.

“I heard my sons reply, I also heard my grandson crying. I felt relieved but did not know that my daughter-in-law was buried alive.

bukit antarabangsa landslide victim wong sai mooi“Then I heard my eldest son (Yee Ping’s husband) calling his wife, telling her to remain conscious,” she was quoted as saying by China Press.

At this point, Wong (left) said she knew that her daughter-in-law was trapped, but fearing that there could be another landslide, she told her sons to leave the damaged bungalow.

However, yee Ping’s husband refused to leave his wife behind, and after handing his newborn son to his brother, he started to dig with his bare hands. His brother later returned to help him.

‘They treated her like a dead dog’

After some time, just as they managed to reach the victim’s hand, several rescue personnel passed the area. The brothers asked them for help but were told to wait until more personnel arrived.

“Later, a few rescue personnel arrived at the scene but they just threw a spade at (my sons) and did nothing,” she alleged, claiming that Yee Ping could still be alive if they had assisted.

“But they didn’t (help). (They treated her) like some dead dog or cat. Would they have done the same if one of their family-members was involved?” she asked bitterly.

Wong’s husband, Ng Yong Shun, 56, also accused the rescue personnel of looting his house and consuming his expensive wine.

bukit antarabangsa landslide victim china press reportHe claimed that when he returned to the house on Sunday morning, he was shocked to discover several men in uniform lying on his bed, smoking and drinking his wine.

“One of them had even asked me whether I still wanted these things, if not I should give it to them. Later, my wife and I examined our safety box and found it opened. Several branded watches and jewellery were missing,” he said.  

According to Oriental Daily News, Ng said he lost 80 bottles of expensive wine worth RM160,000 and six watches worth RM180,000.

Police chief: ‘I don’t believe’

Commenting on the accusations yesterday, Khalid said he found it hard to believe that rescue personnel would have acted in such a cold-hearted manner.

landslide bukit antarabangsa car“I don’t believe that they would sit there and drink alcohol and so on. If there is such a person, could he be seen as a human being?” asked the police chief.

Khalid said the police would meet with the family to gather more information and conduct a thorough probe into the matter.

On the same note, he explained that some rescue personnel who are untrained are not allowed to conduct certain rescue operations.

“You don’t expect an ambulance driver to save a buried victim. He is not trained, so if we request untrained personnel for help and they refuse, we shouldn’t blame them.

“This is because their lives are in danger too. I think we should respect their decision. To dig and save someone, one has to be trained. For an untrained person, it’s a very dangerous task,” he said.

Is it a carnival?

landslide selangor cpo khalidKhalid also expressed disappointment with the media for publishing such accounts without verifying the matter with him.

“I hope that before you all write your news, you will consult me first, and make sure such things really happened. Is there anything wrong with that?

“Please, we are working hard here, and you are making it into a situation where people would have a negative impression of us,” he told reporters.

Khalid also saw red when quizzed on the ‘carnival-like atmosphere’ with the abundance of food and other facilities for rescue personnel.

“What do you think? Does it really look like a carnival? If that is the case, you write (what you want), there’s no need to ask for my opinion,” he thundered.

“Is it a carnival or is the rescue team working hard? If you think it’s the former, you just write, it seems you have enough intelligence to comment on it,” he added.


12 Responses to “She could still be alive if they had helped”

  1. Pat says:

    ‘Lack of training’? OMG what is that supposed to mean? I’m not trained in search & rescue, and I’d damn well know to dig when I saw someone burried under rubble!

    I think there is more to this story than is being told. And I don’t think this ‘more’ is going to be good!


  2. jus+!c3 says:

    “what the..” Shouldn’t blame untrained people?? Who shall we blame? What do you mean by “To dig and save someone, one has to be trained”. Cats and Dogs also knows how to dig..

    Try to get your family member trapped in the soil.. cover them with the soil… and you’re the untrained person.. Don’t save your family member.. better wait for the WELL-TRAINED expertise to come save your family member!!!

    His wife died in front of him. I believe when he sleep, the moment he closed his eyes.. all the pictures and actions will flow in his mind.

  3. Hari Rai says:

    Fools! Lack of training..? than why are they on the rescue team? u dont need to be an expert or genius to dig and save a life.! its called humanity which clearly the rescue team does not have!

    Lazy is more like it! Definately there is more to this story, hope it comes out soon and action should be taken against this said people.! fools!

    Hari Rai

  4. yourself says:

    “To dig and save someone, one has to be trained. For an untrained person, it’s a very dangerous task”
    what kind of nonsense is this?

    even an untrained stupid dog know how to save a life!
    you dont have to be ‘trained’ to save ‘life’!

  5. Michael Lee Chee Chuan says:

    Lack of training, what the…… then why in the first place are they assign in the search & rescue??? lol so lame using lack of training as an excuse…. cant they know how to dig or even help? i dont think training is needed for that unless they dont even know how to use a shovel.

  6. CSM says:

    Oh my god… what the hell is this idiot of a ‘police chief’ sprouting from his mouth? Lack of training???? Then why the hell were they doing at ground zero?

    “This is because their lives are in danger too. I think we should respect their decision. To dig and save someone, one has to be trained. For an untrained person, it’s a very dangerous task,” he said.

    – How does one need to be trained to know how to dig some one out?! If they are so afraid of the danger and for their lives, then why are they part of the S&R team? What happens when an ambulance driver recoils in horror at an accident victim whose blood were all over the place and he’s afraid of catching HIV through blood contact? Should the driver be not blamed for not wanting to potentially get infected?

    Oh my god, just when I thought the local authorities can’t get any lower. I stand humbly corrected. God save us all when disaster happens in this country.

  7. LOL says:

    Malaysia Boleh!!!
    China earthquake, all people, inclusive of those from non-rescued & those who is lack-of-training, came & help each other, in such serious disaster!!!
    Malaysia-boleh… tapi tak boleh selamatkan mangsa-mangsa sebab training tak ada lagi!!!
    Sad case…

  8. babe says:

    Lack of training? Rubbish. To Police Chief, look into your own team first prior to making comments.

    95% of the rescue team worked their ass off to save the victims (i believe) . the 5% that did not ruin the reputation of the 95% dedicated rescuers and get some one killed. (apparently true with this incident happened)

  9. MalaysiaBoleh says:

    Idiots talking like a typical idiots! Things wont turn out this way if everyone were to co-operate together to help diggin the soil for Yee Ping. Perhaps, they’re just being racist! And regards to the wine consumption, i strongly believes that it does happen.. Why? Well, Malaysia Boleh! Malay Boleh the most!! Khalid is just talking rubbish! I bet if he keep his mouth shut, it’ll ensure the world peace!!
    R.I.P to Yee Ping


  10. obefiend says:

    what training do u need to use a CANGKUL?

  11. Dave says:

    What happened to the lorry loads of money spent on these dumbo’s training? Was it eaten alive before the training got away?
    These people have budgets, hugh budgets for all sorts of things, and we pay for it.

    But no one can save a single girl buried alive???!!!
    This is disgusting! Totally no respect for human lives, we should sue them to hell!
    Enough with all their lame excuses, even digging by wooden ‘cangkul’ was enough to farm their own produce in North Korea, we need to train properly to dig for buried lives at stake?
    This must be truely a MalaysiaBoleh project.

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