GEORGE TOWN -The mother of economy rice seller Lim Chin Aik, who is presumed dead after a concrete lightning arrestor fell on his car during a freak storm, made a tearful appeal at the Coroner's Court for help to obtain a death certificate for her son.
"When he was born, he had a birth certificate. Now, we want the death certificate for us to do the necessary," said Ang Kim Looi, 70.
Ang said she was sure that her son was involved in the incident, which occurred on June 13 in Macalister Road here.Ang said she was sure that her son was involved in the incident, which occurred on June 13 in Macalister Road here.
"He would always drive on Macalister Road when fetching his daughter home from school," she said in Hokkien when questioned by conducting officer Lim Cheah Yit during the second day of the inquest yesterday to certify Chin Aik's death.
Chin Aik's son, college student Chia Yiang, 20, testified that his father had not contacted the family after the tragedy.
Asked by Cheah Yit whether he believed that his father was involved in the incident, he said that he could not say for sure but based on what had been found at the scene of the incident, he believed that his father was a victim there.
Earlier, he told the court that he recognised a car cushion and what looked like a car engine that was retrieved from the rubble at the scene of the incident.
Penang Meteorological Department director Loh Eng Kee said the wind speed on that day was between 30 and 40 knots, equivalent to 60 and 80kph, which was considered dangerous.
Asked by conducting officer Nurdeenie Abdul Rashid on how dangerous it could be, he said it might lead to roofs being blown off and trees toppled or uprooted.
Loh said that it was quite calm and sunny earlier that day but clouds began to build up after 3pm.
Another conducting officer was Suhaimi Ibrahim while Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo held a watching brief for the family.
The inquest before coroner Khairul Anuar Abdul Halim continues today.