TUTOR Maslin Ahmad Basri believed in paying it forward, organising free classes for under-privileged children. She was again planning free tuition for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
But last Saturday, the 32-year-old and her 38-year-old husband Jumarie Jumahat, a taxi driver, were killed in a motorcycle accident, leaving behind two children aged 10 and nine.
Police said they were informed of the accident at around 11pm last Saturday.
The accident occurred on the Pan-Island Expressway heading towards Tuas, before the Upper Jurong exit.
Madam Maslin was riding pillion when the motorcycle apparently skidded. The couple were pronounced dead at the scene, and investigations are ongoing.
Neighbours at their Woodlands flat told The Straits Times that Madam Maslin was an effective tutor and that the couple were friendly.
A 54-year-old productions operator, who declined to be named, said that Madam Maslin, a former teacher, had given her daughter tuition about four years ago.
"She taught my daughter English and Maths, and she was a good teacher," she said. "I'm very shocked... They were a young couple."
On Monday, friends set up a Facebook page to collect donations, with the funds going into the two children's bank accounts.
More than $7,900 has been donated.
They were a nice family, and our children exchanged gifts during Christmas last year and would play at the playground together. I'm really sad about the accident.
- Neighbour Laya Jinto, a 36-year-old nurse
According to a post on the page, the site was set to be taken down yesterday "so that the children and families can move forward".
It added that family members made the request as the "two children have been receiving too much attention".
When contacted, the Facebook page administrator, who wanted to remain anonymous, declined comment, out of respect for the families.
Another neighbour, nurse Laya Jinto, 36, said that the family had gone to Indonesia in March and brought back souvenirs for her children.
"They were a nice family, and our children exchanged gifts during Christmas last year and would play at the playground together. I'm really sad about the accident."