Tragic Incident at Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon

I first got the news from a friend right after my run yesterday followed by the link that was shared by Paul Lee, another fellow runner.  Please read the following description of what happened yesterday at SCKLM and forward/share/spread it among your friends especially those who are into running, veteran or new. Condolence for Lim’s family and friends from myself + the rest of the Malaysian tri-community. MISSJEWELZ.wordpress will resume blogging and report of SCKLM tomorrow as a sign of respect for the runner who passed away yesterday during the run  :-

“P/s : I would like to apologies and thanks fellow FB users to message me about the ambulance that came… I apologies that i have mistaken that the ambulance was from St. John…<

i got a message from someone that investigation was done and it was a Red Cresent ambulance… If you want to confirm, please get confirmation from HKL 🙂 “


” I would like to share a tragic incident that happened at Standard Chartered KL Marathon today…
When i was running my final 2 km on the 10km… as i was running along the road in front of Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, i saw a guy was sitting on the road side then soon enough he collapsed…

This incident attracted my attention as a guy(a training doctor, named Irkhan) that was trying to help him was shouting for i was a trained EFR, i ran over to see what is happening.. (it was around 1 hour into the race for 10km runners)

I got to know that the guy (named Lim) has collapsed and was having seizure.. we tried to place him in recovery position… he was breathing very heavily and shortly and he was also biting his teeth very very hard… i was afraid that he will hurt himself (with either biting his own tongue or he closed up his airway).. so i tried to open up his jaw and tried to communicate wif him to have him relax and breath easily.. he then slowed down his breathing and taking deeper breath…

Another lady (Pei Kheng) came to help and constantly monitor on his pulse… and Dr. Visva (was another participant in the run) came over to help…

Then suddenly, his pulse was gone… then we lied him flat and started on CPR procedures… we constantly check on his pulse to check whether his pulse has come back.. we did chest compression and also mouth-to-mouth breathing to Lim…as we were doing the CPR procedures, we did not sight medic anywhere.. and we tried to shout as loud as possible for medic…

After awhile into the CPR procedures, “lady A” said that she could feel his pulse but was very weak.. then we stopped the CPR procedures to see whether he regain consciousness or not…After i stopped the chest compression on Lim, i started shouting for medic services again with the hope that a medic services is nearby and heard us.. but unfortunately not… we only sighted 3 DBKL Officers(with big motorcycles) just stood by the road side and just stare… the did not come over to help or to check out what happened… (it was around 10 minutes that Lim collapse and had seizure)…

After a moment, Lim loose his pulse again.. we started CPR procedures again.. we still did not sight an ambulance or any EMS(Emergency Medical Services) around… after approximately 30 compression, Lim regained his pulse but was very very weak.. and yet.. there was still no ambulance or EMS sighted… and DBKL officers still stood there and did not came over to help… so I informed a passer by to run to the officers to tell them to call for an EMS soonest possible…

After we performed CPR procedures on Lim for the the third time, finally a St. John (sorry for the mistake, the latest info i got.. the ambulance was NOT from St. John) ambulance came after around 15 – 20 minutes after Lim collapsed…

We let the EMS officers to take over the CPR and First Aid… Dr. Visva asked whether do they have the AED(Automated External Defibrillator)… one of the person from the EMS said that they do not have it.. then I asked whether do they have a face mask with pump.. they also did not have it there… THEY PRACTICALLY HAVE NOTHING IN THE AMBULANCE!!!!!!!! -.-”

EMS took him and speed their way to HKL…

We were later informed that the Response time for EMS is 3 minutes but it took them almost 20 minutes to arrive… and later.. as I was reading through the Runners Guide that was provided in our running kit…
There is a statement (at page 15) that states that “Medical Assistance – Medical Aid is available every 4km and at the Finish Area. Due to runner’s physical condition, Medical Officials are authorized to stop runners and remove their timing chip”

Every 4KM MY ROYAL ASS.. I did not see any first aider, ambulance or any sort of medical officials along my 10km route… and if 4km was true.. it definitely will not take them SO LONG to arrive…


I got a call from Dr. Visva a moment ago.. he went to HKL to check out the condition of Lim and he informed me that Lim have passed away on his arrival to the hospital… T__T

Lim is only into his 20’s and was running the 10KM distance…

P/s: please share this note to as many people as possible.. we will hope to create awareness on the inefficiency of EMS, DBKL officers and organiser of standard chartered KL Marathon 2010…

we also want to create an awareness that this kind of inefficiency have caused a life of a young man…
we will hope that the marathon organisers will take responsibility and make EMS a top priority in their planning


“Hi Guys,

Regarding the runner that passed away and details regarding the wake.

The wake is at Malacca:

Shop No. 13, Lorong Bukit Cina

Same row as Capitol Satay Celup

It will leave for the Melaka Memorial Park at 11am tomorrow, Tuesday 29th June 2010.

Location for cremation:
Lot 6759, Jalan Sungar Putat,
Batu Berendam,
75370 Melaka.

You can contact Raymond: 012 3732968 “


15 thoughts on “Tragic Incident at Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon

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  1. My condolences to Lim’s family members.. hopefully the organizer will come forward and take responsibility regarding this matter.

  2. Sadly, the quality of the ambulance services in M’sia sucks. Overseas paramedics are highly trained and function on a level between nurses and doctors, paramedics will treat and care for the victims – here ambulance staff have minimal training if any. The equipment in ambulances also varies widely. In general all ambulances do in M’sia is “scoop and run”. The function is the same like any other car, the only difference they have siren and can drive faster through the red lights…..

    1. You’re right Nurina. Their standard of First Responders are very high. And there are many who are certified. I told my son that I’m sending him for EMS training when he’s old enough. Never know when that skills will be called upon.

    2. condolences to his family..
      im a regular volunteer at runs in malaysia n i have to say from my observations, the medical personnel available is almost useless in most runs in msia. to be honest, i have never seen any of them help a runner when he/she is injured. most injuries are always taken care of by the runner themselves or fellow kind runners who help the injured ones. i really wish this matter is taken seriously not only by the organizers but also the sports ministry and make sure that all medical personnel are well trained.

  3. So tragic to hear of such happening. I wish more can be done in future events to better support in time of need. I also hope runners can respect the distance and train for such events.

  4. Deepest condolences to Lim’s family. Very tragic indeed. Rest in Peace !

    All Race organizers should & must ensure highest quality of emergency aids are made available. There were medical personnel at
    all the designated spots for the 21km route. These personnel should be equipment with walkie-talkie for faster request of assistance. Ambulances should be located at every 5km/10km intervals along all category routes.

  5. Condolences to Lim’s family. May we all learn from this tragedy. A sad sad moment for all runners in Malaysia.

  6. i didnt know until i read a newspaper ,but that time i heard the announcement from the organiser about one runner has collapsed ,So tragic to hear of such happening

  7. I too am very sorry for the Lim family. However, the ambulance service in Malaysia is probably one of the worst in the world. The crews are always under-equipped and the response time is useless and they have not received proper training. Sorry guys, I’m an expat, but in this case Malaysia tak boleh!

    You need to kick your government hard on this issue. It’s clear they don’t regard this as high priority and I’ve seen so many serious injuries on the roads during the past 10 years that I’ve been here in your country. I’ve even called the emergency services myself for people injured.

    The government needs to educate the public too. Unfortunately I’ve seen people laughing and joking while someone lies dying in the road, the sad thing is that they had no idea what was happening to the person concerned. I have personally taken charge at an accident scene too. People don’t understand the effects of shock following an accident, don’t know how and when to apply basic first aid etc

    My personal opinion is that you are likely to die in Malaysia if you fall serious ill or get injured in the street. I have come to accept that as being the status quo here, even though I find it unpalatable.

    Come on Malaysians stand up for this cause! Make it high profile. It’s non-political, non-religious and will benefit all sectors of society. This is your country so please do something and us “guests” will help where we can.

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  9. Thank you for sharing the news with us Miss Jewelz. You did your best as a responsible human being with compassion for others. In our poor nation, there aren’t many people like you. I am touch by your action and totally appalled by the way the SCKLM organising the race. To show our solidarity, I urge all the runners to boycott SCKLM until they get it right.

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