ALOR SETAR – Shortly after the news of the helicopter crash in Semenyih yesterday that also claimed the life of businessman Datuk Tan Huat Seang spread, some of his immediate family members tried to call his mobile phone.
“The phone was ringing, but unfortunately there was no answer,” said a close acquaintance to the Tan family, who declined to reveal his identity to the media out of respect to Tan’s family members.
The local media began to gather in front of the Tan family home in Taman Golf here shortly after news spread that he was one of the six victims who were involved in a helicopter crash.
A grim and gloomy atmosphere surrounded the two-storey bungalow located in Alor Setar’s exclusive residential area as close family members and acquaintances started arriving.
“Datuk Tan’s wife is still at home with her daughter, while her son has gone to Kuala Lumpur to find out the latest information regarding the fate which befell his father,” said a member of the immediate family.
He said Tan’s wife and daughter were in grief following the incident and declined to meet with a group of journalists who had gathered in front of his house since last night.
“She (Tan’s wife) and her daughter are saddened by what has happened,” he said.
According to a family acquaintance, Tan had been in Kuala Lumpur since last week for business purposes and was expected to return to Alor Setar today (Sunday).
Tan headed the housing developement firm SP Baiduri Sdn Bhd, which undertook various housing projects in Kedah, including projects under the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Scheme (PR1MA) in Sungai Petani.
PR1MA Corporation chairman Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis and the prime minister’s senior private secretary Datuk Seri Azlin Alias were also among the victims of the unfortunate helicopter crash. – BERNAMA