Man, 46, dies from heart attack, M'sian family gets VTL bus tickets to enter S'pore after appealing for help

With the help of authorities, they eventually managed to get four tickets to come to Singapore on Jan. 16.

Zhangxin Zheng | January 17, 2022, 11:33 AM

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A 46-year-old aircon repairman, surnamed How, died from a heart attack recently in Singapore.

Out of desperation, his sister took to a Facebook group to appeal for people to give up their Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) bus tickets so that the deceased man's parents can enter Singapore to see him for the last time.

In need of VTL bus tickets

The younger How wrote in the Facebook post:

"I really need help, my brother passed away in Singapore suddenly. My mother had not seen him for three years, my parents really want to see their child for the last time, please help us."

She said she had completed all the necessary paper work but could not buy the VTL bus tickets for Jan. 16.

She also attached a photo of How's obituary, which stated that he will be cremated on the morning of Jan. 18.

Many online helped to share her post which garnered over 14,000 shares over the weekend.

Given the public attention, Malaysian Chinese Association's (MCA) president Wee Ka Siong was also made aware of the younger How's appeal and rendered help.

Received help

With the help of several authorities, How's family managed to obtain four VTL bus tickets successfully to depart from Malaysia on the morning of Jan. 16.

A spokesperson from MCA, Chong Yew Chuan, explained that the bus company agreed to help as this was a unique situation.

As it was close to the Chinese New Year period, it is exceptionally difficult to obtain VTL bus tickets.

According to Shin Min Daily News, How's wife thanked everyone's help in getting How's parents to Singapore.

How's sister also shared a short clip at around 4:30pm on Jan. 16, showing that she was at the wake in Yishun.

Top image via How's sister/Facebook