Grieving for Evelyn Ang

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Ang’s husband struggling to come to terms with the ultramarathon pacer’s passing, while a race director calls upon authorities to make road-running safer.

At a press conference at Ang’s wake at the Xiao En Centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Dennis Loo unsuccessfully fought back tears as he expressed how lonely he felt when his 45-year-old wife breathed her last in the early hours of March 1.

“I’m not coping well, it is a tragedy that I have yet to come to terms with. But I have been given (the opportunity) ever since Dec 10, 81 days to be with her by her bedside. I did whatever I can be by her side. We know at the end of the day, it is in sickness and in health.

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“There was a moment I really thought that she would recover. But as many days passed, that hope seemed to slowly vanish.

“It is a tragedy I do not wish anyone to ever have to go through. It is very painful,” he said between sobs.

Loo foresaw a lonely and difficult journey ahead, and he stressed he would learn to cope and look at the brighter side of life as Ang did throughout her life.

“She has always been a positive person despite her own sorrows. She had never let her sorrows hold her back,” he added.

He said they led a simple life and have always enjoyed each other’s company.

“I would live, I will learn how to cope but if you ask me, do I…I think I’m not ready to let her go, I don’t know how I am going to cope in the coming days. She is supposed to be your soulmate.

Zuraneeza Zulkifli

“We are supposed to grow old together, that’s what we planned…but now I do not have my wife anymore,” Loo said.

Ang was hit from behind, along with two others by a car, while participating in the Klang City International Marathon 2017 at Batu 2, Jalan Kapar, on Dec 10 last year.

She had undergone 12 surgeries after suffering a cranial fracture and bleeding in the brain as result of the accident, and had never regained consciousness.

The driver, Teoh Thiam Lim, 27, was charged with reckless and dangerous driving on Feb 20.

On Feb 26 the Attorney-General’s Chambers said that no action will be taken against the unlicensed marathon race organisers of the Klang City International Marathon.

Also present at the press conference was were Ang’s youngest brother of four siblings, Arthur Ang, 37, and friend and race director Julie Wong, who called upon the authorities to establish standard guidelines on organising races.

“For the past 10 years, road race organisers and directors have brought running to a different level, putting in a lot of effort to make sports, especially running, a community event.

Zuraneeza Zulkifli

“However, until now we have not seen anything from the Malaysian Athletics Federation and state athletic bodies regarding what they consider to be standard safety for road running,” she said.

Wong said she and other road race directors had a discussion with Sports commissioner Datuk Zaiton Othman on Feb 12, during which they collectively proposed eight recommendations for improving road race safety.

According to Wong, Zaiton said that a town-hall meeting with race directors, athletic bodies, race organisers and vendors to discuss race safety issues would be organised this month, although no date had been given.

Ang’s funeral service is scheduled to be held at 9am on Sunday, after which she will be laid to rest at around 10.30am.


Earlier reports:

Mar 1, Comatose for Two Months, Runner Evelyn Ang Dies

Feb 28, Case Closed on Organiser of Marathon That Injured Evelyn Ang

Feb 25, The Truth on Evelyn Ang’s Condition, Cheering Her On

Feb 20, Man Who Hit Klang Marathon Runners Pleads Not Guilty to Reckless Driving

Jan 13, Husband of Runner Still Waiting for Justice, Supporters Run in Evelyn’s Stead

Jan 3, Fourth Surgery for Marathon Pacer

Dec 12, Klang Marathon Said to Be Unlicensed, Illegal