Sin Chew deputy chief editor amongst casualties in Lombok earthquake

PETALING JAYA: Datin Tai Siew Kim, Deputy Executive Editor-in-Chief of local chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily was killed today when a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck east of Lombok Island.

Six other Malaysians including Tai were at the Tiu Kelep Senaru waterfalls north of Lombok when a landslide occurred at the tourist spot from the aftershocks of the earthquake.

Her son who was with her at the time suffered light injuries and was sent to a hospital for treatment. Tai was the spouse of China Press editor-in-chief Datuk Teoh Yang Khoon.

Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had received information from the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta that the six Malaysian who were at the waterfalls were reported missing. Search-and-rescue efforts to look for the victims are being carried out at this moment by the Indonesian authorities. The ministry expressed its condolences to the family of the victim and urged all Malaysians affected by the earthquake to contact its Jakarta-based Malaysian Embassy.

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