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The Straits Times
June 30, 2022
A Singaporean woman on a trip in Malaysia was killed on Wednesday (June 29) after the car she was in skidded and crashed.
The accident took place at around 5.15pm on a highway along the eastern coast of Malaysia, Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported on Thursday.
Ms Clarrisa Neo, 28, had been on a trip with a man and two other women, who are all Malaysians. One of the two Malaysian women, 30, also fractured her left leg and hurt her right hand from the accident.
Shin Min reported that the four of them were heading to Redang Island and were driving along the highway when they ran into bad weather.
The car skidded after it drove over a puddle and crashed into the guard rail.
Malaysian police told Shin Min that Ms Neo had been in the front passenger seat and had suffered from multiple injuries. She died on the spot.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the four of them had left Kuala Lumpur around 1pm that day to visit the island, popular for its clear waters and sandy beaches.
The Shin Min report said Ms Neo’s 31-year-old boyfriend had been driving the car. Her body has been taken to a hospital in Terengganu for an autopsy, and her family is on the way to Malaysia.
According to her LinkedIn page, Ms Neo graduated from the National University of Singapore. She was a regional manager in a biomedical company called Biomed Global.
Ms Adeline Lin, 28, a friend and business partner, said Ms Neo had flown into Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday for a business trip for Biomed, and was due to return on Sunday.
Apart from Biomed Global, Ms Neo was also the chief operating officer and a co-founder of The Better Diamond, a jewellery business selling lab-grown diamonds.
Ms Lin, who is also a co-founder, said she was in shock when she heard about the accident. She had spoken to Ms Neo less than an hour before the accident took place.
“It felt unreal. We were best friends and business partners, and I think that’s what made our work dynamic so special. She was a generous and loving friend, and she always brought positivity to the group," she said.