Sin Chew Daily editor killed, 6 M’sians still missing in Lombok quake


Sin Chew Daily deputy executive editor-in-chief (EIC) Datin Tai Siew Kim, 56, was killed in an earthquake measuring above 5.0 on the Richter scale in Lombok Island, Indonesia, yesterday.

Tai was holidaying in Lombok with her son and a group of her old school classmates. Her son, 20, was injured in the quake and was being treated at a local hospital on the island.

Tai’s husband, China Press EIC Datuk Teoh Yang Khoon, was scheduled to fly to Lombok this morning.

Her death was confirmed by the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta. It added that six Malaysians, who were also at the Tiu Kelep Senaru Waterfall in Northern Lombok when the quake occurred, were still missing and unaccounted for, at press time.

The first quake with a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale took place at 2.07pm Western Indonesia Time and the epicentre was 24km northeast of East Lombok-West Nusa Tenggara. The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency said another quake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale occurred at 2.09pm with the epicentre 7km northwest of East Lombok-West Nusa Tenggara.   

“All other Malaysians affected by the incident have been rescued. They included six injured people who are receiving treatment at a health centre in Lombok,” said a Malaysian Embassy spokesman.

A tour agent in Mataram, who wanted to be identified only as Pak Arno, told Bernama when contacted that a group of 28 Malaysian tourists had arrived in Lombok on March 14.

Only 22 of them went to the waterfall, while six others remained at their hotel, he said, adding that all the tourists were scheduled to return to Kuala Lumpur tonight. — Bernama