Sibu student falls to his death in Taipei after barred from flying home

The university which the student was studying in – See Hua Daily photo

A STUDENT from Sibu studying at the National Taipei University of Technology has fallen to his death from the eight floor of a building in his campus yesterday afternoon (May 8).

The electrical and electronic engineering male student was to have flown back to Malaysia yesterday but was barred from doing so after failing to undergo the mandatory Covid-19 screening, The Star Online reported.

Sarawak Taiwan Graduates Association Sibu Chapter chairman Lawrence Tiong was quoted in the portal as saying that the victim was believed to be under tremendous pressure.

“He had told his mother that he wanted to come back for a break. He subsequently applied to his university to fly home,” he said.

Tiong said the victim was supposed to fly to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (May 8) as his air ticket had been booked.

However, the student was not allowed to fly as he had not undergone a mandatory Covid-19 screening.

“This setback of not being able to fly home could have worsened his mental state,” said Tiong.

The association, he said, is arranging for a visa for his mother and sister to fly to Taiwan to make the necessary arrangements.

“We are applying for a special pass for his mother and sister to fly to the country without having to observe two weeks’ quarantine,” he said.

The victim’s father had passed away in 2013.

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