Half-sister regrets ignoring teen killed in bus crash

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Accounts clerk Mio Chin, 24, said she usually found her half-brother Chin Yeong Peng (pic) a nuisance.

Now, she sobbed, she would do anything to have more time with her sibling, who died in a bus tragedy on Monday.

Seventeen-year-old Yeong Peng was among a busload of students from the Catholic High School in Petaling Jaya who were returning home from a weekend leadership camp at the Lembah Azwen Resort in Hulu Langat.

He was pinned under the wreckage of their bus when it overturned at a bend near Kampung Nanding at about 1.30pm near a restaurant where they were due to stop for lunch.

Four other students were critically injured in the accident, while the 48-year-old bus driver escaped with minor injuries.

"He was always good to us even if we ignored him at times," said Mio, who also has a younger sister, Mia, 23.

"I now regret not paying more attention to him," she added, breaking down in tears.

Mio said having different mothers and the age gap between them had made it "a bit of a challenge" for her to warm up to Yeong Peng.

Mia said their father, Chin Ah Fatt, was grief-stricken and had not been able to sleep or eat well since the accident took his son's life.

Yeong Peng's mother was visiting Australia when she received the news of his death and is flying back home here today.

"After she returns, the family will discuss whether to seek legal redress against the bus company," said Mia, adding that the family would be claiming Yeong Peng's remains from the Serdang Hospital for the funeral preparations.

On Monday, Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab said initial investigations indicated that the brakes of the bus were malfunctioning at the time of the accident.

It is learnt that the bus driver was released on bail yesterday after his statement was recorded.