KUALA LUMPUR - "My whole family has been taken from me. I wish I could follow them."
Those were the words of a distraught Ng Siew Yin as she was consoled by relatives at a memorial centre in Sungai Besi.
The 71-year-old lost everyone she loved in a horrific accident along the North-South Expressway on Sunday.
Ng is the wife of Lam Leong Choy, 76, who died in the crash together with their two sons Wai Keat, 35, and Wai Loon, 46.
Wai Loon's wife, Wong Check Lee, 53, and their two sons Jie Yang, 19, and Jie Hong, 13, also perished.
Ng told reporters at the centre yesterday that the family members left the house at about 6am on Sunday to perform Qing Ming prayers at Bidor.
"It would only have taken them two hours to get there.
"I became anxious when I could not contact them at about 11am," she said.
She said she kept calling their phones until she got the dreadful news from a tow-truck driver who was at the scene.
"He told me everyone was dead and that I should go to the Tanjung Malim police station," she said.
Wai Keat's foster brother, Pang Ming Bang, 43, said the bodies would be at the Nirvana Memorial Centre until the cremation on Wednesday.
A concerned citizen, Ronnie Leow Sun Liat, 76, said the authorities must find ways to stop the unnecessary deaths on Malaysian roads.
"Something needs to be done. These tragedies are happening way too often.
Everyone talks about it when one happens and then we forget until another big accident," he said.