After drawing flak from the public for its insensitive demand to the family of the Sengkang bus accident victim to submit a ‘proposal’ to its management to pay for the repatriation of the body back to Malaysia, SBS Transit flip flops and say it will not pay for all expenses related to the funeral.
66 year old Madam Chan Ah Yong was crossing a junction in Sengkang on Tuesday morning when a SBS bus driven by a PRC driver ran over her, dragging her body beneath it for half a minute before killing her on the spot.
Madam Chan was from Seremban, Malaysia and the family wants the funeral to be held in her hometown where her father and two brothers live.
However, when her two daughters asked SBS Transit if it can foot the bill for sending her body to Malaysia, they were told to submit a proposal instead.
“But when I asked them on Tuesday, they told me to submit a proposal to their management,” Ms Kenix Lau, the younger daughter of Madam Chan said in response to queries from the media.
In a stunning U-turn, SBS Transit’s senior vice president for corporate communications, Tammy Tan, now says the company will foot the bill for the funeral.
The company has since contacted Mdm Chan’s son-in-law to inform him that all costs related to the funeral will be borne by the bus operator.
“We know nothing we do or say can change the fact that a life has been lost and a family is in grief. We can only say we are very, very sorry and will do whatever we can to assist the family during this difficult time,” Ms Tan said.
Perhaps SBS Transit can review its long-standing hiring policy of recruiting drivers from China to prevent any more unnecessary deaths like Madam Chan’s from occurring in the future again.