Hilton ceiling collapses: Malaysian family traumatised by narrow escape

JOHOR BARU - The collapsed driveway ceiling of the Singapore Hilton Hotel left three members of a Malaysian family unhurt but traumatised.

The 34-year-old Malaysian businessman, who was on a three-day holiday in the republic with his wife and five-month-old son, was just about to leave the hotel when the ceiling collapsed onto his car at 3pm on Sunday.

The Malaysian High Commission offered assistance to the businessman who chose to remain anonymous.

Consular officer R. Karunanithi said the businessman, his wife and son did not suffer any injuries.

"Luckily they escaped unhurt but the family is still in shock.

"There were dents and scratches all over the car but the windscreen and windows remained intact and the car is still drivable," he told The Star.

The businessman drove back to Malaysia last evening.

It was reported that the Singapore Civil Defence Force had reportedly sent four people, a man, two women and a child, to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for treatment.

The hotel's regional general manager Peter Webster assured the hotel would bear the cost of repairing the damaged vehicles.

In a separate incident, the Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department freed a six-year-old's toes caught in an escalator at the Pagoh rest area along the North-South Expressway.

The department's chief commander Marzuki Ismail said the distress call was received at about 9.35pm on Sunday.

"It took us about 40 minutes to free the boy's right toes which were stuck in between the steps of the escalator," he said, adding the victims toes were not broken in the incident.

The boy, Ahmad Farhan Zulkifli, was later sent to the Muar hospital for treatment.