Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dying Young

Sunday night, 34 passengers stepped into the Delima Express bus, not knowing that, for some, it would be their final ride.

Of the 34, 12 people were killed while 23 injured.

Most of the dead were young and had their whole lives ahead of them. Many were students, one had just graduated, another was a teenager travelling for the first time by herself, all ready to visit friends while some others were young parents. They never reached their destination.


Sharene Sofea Fadzry Tan, 18
Nur Shapika Baba, 19
Muhammad Farizuddin Talib, 19
Kam Khaw Tual, 19
Azizi Ajis, 20
Pau Khan Tual, 21
Cin Thawn Tuang, 21
Norazmi Abdul Karim, 24
Goo Chuan Heng, 34
Ng Sok Kuan, 52
R. Ramachandra, 52 (Bus Driver)
Pang Shi Moei, 57

One of them was even decapitated.

Of the injured, 6 were already discharged while 3 are in critical condition.

Their lives were cut short when the express bus, travelling from Malacca to the capital, hit the guardrail and ploughed into five vehicles heading in the opposite direction of the North-South Expressway near Simpang Ampat in Seremban.

The bus crashed through a guardrail and ploughed into five other vehicles travelling in the opposite direction. While the families morned the death of their loved ones, the rest of us want answers.

What caused the crash? Is the driver to blame? Do we need better buses? Does the fault lie solely on the weak guardrails?

Sadly this isn;t the first tragedy to happen like this. 3 years ago an express bus with 29 people on board crashed through a guardrail by the side of the NSE near Bukit Gantang and plunged into a ditch five metres below, killing 22 people.

The biggest tragedy is that most of the victims only just started living and haven't lived up to their full potential. Dying young is one of the cruelest fate destiny can throw at you.

I realize that death is just a part of life. We will be remembered by some as “good” people. Others will only remember bad things that we have done. The difference is, if we die young; we tend to lose out on many things: all the accomplishment we can achieve, pushing our potential to it's limits and find love.

There is a song by The Band Perry:

If I die young, bury me in satin,
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river, at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

The ballad of a dove, go with peace and love
Gather up your tears and keep them in your pocket
Save 'em for a time when your really gonna need 'em.
The sharp knife of a short life.

Many will accomplish things but are forgotten about once they grow old. We may not always be remembered but we still  have the chance of being something better. These people had so much more to offer and their death deprived them of opportunities in the future.

Live life to the fullest and never take it for granted

{Song In My Head}
~For Good from Wicked~

     "So much of me,
           Is made of what I learned from you;
                 You'll be with me,
                       Like a handprint on my heart...."



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