Ex-SEA Games softballer Leonard Sim dies in motorbike accident

He is the third Singaporean killed on Malaysian roads in under a week

Leonard Sim, 26, a national softball player, died in a motorcycle crash in Malaysia on Sept 13, 2016.
Leonard Sim, 26, a national softball player, died in a motorcycle crash in Malaysia on Sept 13, 2016. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

A traffic accident in Malaysia early on Tuesday (Sept 13) has left one Singaporean dead and another injured, Malaysian Chinese-language paper Sin Chew Daily reported.

The accident took place around 3.45am along the North-South Expressway, when two motorcycles collided near Kluang.

The victim was identified as Leonard Sim Kiang Kai, 26, a national softball player who represented Singapore in the SEA Games in 2007 and 2011.

Mr Sim was headed towards Singapore on his way back from Penang. He was travelling with Mr Lee Ren Yuan, 24.

According to Wanbao, Mr Sim's motorcycle struck Mr Lee's, and he lost control of his vehicle.

Kluang police district chief Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Laham said that Mr Sim died on the scene from head injuries, while Mr Lee was slightly injured.

According to Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Laham, the area where the accident occurred is well lit and the road is in good condition.

Police investigations are ongoing.

In response to media queries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman said: "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased Singaporean.

"Officers from the Singapore Consulate-General in Johor Bahru were in contact with the next-of-kin to provide consular assistance, including facilitating the repatriation of the deceased back to Singapore."

This is the third fatal road accident in Malaysia in under a week that involved Singaporean motorists.

Another deadly collision took place on the Jalan Batu Pahat-Mersing federal route near Kluang, on Monday (Sept 12). Mr Noraripen Surni, 48, was killed on the spot after he and his father-in-law's motorcycle collided with another motorcycle. Neither his father-in-law, 65-year-old farmer Mohamed Hassan Ali, nor the other motorist survived.

In a separate incident on Saturday (Sept 10), full-time national serviceman Ng Kai Jie, 22, died on Saturday after his rental car crashed into a lorry on the North-South Expressway between Yong Peng and Pagoh. His friend Alson Ngian, 23, suffered minor injuries.