Two Malaysians, Including Sin Chew Editor, Killed in Lombok Quake

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The second Malaysian killed in a quake-triggered landslide in Lombok yesterday has been identified as Lim Sai Wah.

However, no further details on her were available as at 6am today.

Sin Chew Daily deputy executive chief editor Datin Tai Siew Kim was the first Malaysian fatality identified following the quake.

Deputy Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Zamshari Shaharan said seven Malaysians were injured in the disaster, and they are receiving treatment at a hospital.

“It is confirmed that two Malaysians were killed in the quake-triggered landslide in Lombok yesterday. Seven injured are receiving treatment at hospital, while 13 others are safe.”

Tai’s son who was with her suffered minor injuries.

They were among a group of 22 Malaysians at the Tiu Kelep waterfall in Bayan district in north Lombok when the 5.8-magnitude quake struck at 2.07pm (3.07pm Malaysian time). The quake was followed by a 5.2-magnitude aftershock.


The group were on the island since March 14 and supposed to fly back to Kuala Lumpur today.

Zamshari said Malaysian embassy officers are in Lombok to provide assistance to affected Malaysians.

He advised them to remain calm and heed the instructions of local authorities.

Malaysians in other parts of Indonesia and those planning to travel to the country are advised to register with the embassy, he said.

Reportedly, local authorities are making efforts to have the remains of the two Malaysians flown home today.

According to initial reports, there were about 40 tourists, including domestic visitors, at the waterfall. Most of the victims were Malaysians and domestic tourists.

China Press reported that Tai, 56, the wife of its editor-in-chief Datuk Teoh Yang Khoon, was in Lombok with her ex-classmates from SRJK (C) Jementah.

Wisma Putra urged all Malaysians affected to contact the embassy in Jakarta as soon as possible at +6221 522 4947 or +62 813 8081 3036. They can also contact Wisma Putra directly at 03-8887 4570.