JOHOR BARU - The family members of a Malaysian who was killed in a road accident in Singapore initially did not believe the tragic news.
Instead, they thought it was a scam to get money from them.
However, their lives came crashing down when it was confirmed that Loke Whay Mam, 50, was killed along with another Malaysian Lim Chun Hong, 34, in the island republic.
A van ploughed into nine Malaysian motorcyclists, including the two victims, during an accident along Bukit Timah Expressway in Singapore at 3.50pm on Saturday.
Loke's son Qi Yuan said the family was still in shock after getting confirmation from the Singapore traffic police.
"We are all devastated. My father worked as a tile layer there," said the 21-year-old technician when met at Tiong Hua Memorial Park in Jalan Ulu Air Molek here yesterday.
Qi Yuan, who also works in Singapore, described his father as a loving and caring father.
He has a younger sister, aged 17.
He said that his father would usually leave for work at 9am and return home by 6pm.
Loke's wife was too distraught to be interviewed.
It is learnt that the other victim, Lim, would be brought to his hometown in Kahang, Kluang, for burial.
Out of the seven injured Malaysians taken to hospital, six are still warded while another has been allowed to go home.
It is learnt that the accident occurred when the nine motorcyclists were taking shelter under a flyover due to heavy rain.
It is believed that all those involved were workers commuting between Singapore and Malaysia daily.
Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Ilango Karuppannan said his officers had gotten in touch and informed all the Malaysian families soon after the accident.
On Facebook, the Singapore police force said the van driver had been detained, adding that his driving licence would be suspended.