It was around midnight on 12 April 2011. He was on his way back after doing some charity and praying a temple in Genting with a friend. They came across an accident and selflessly, Ong came out to help the victims that were stuck in the car.
52-year-old Ong pulled Zainal out of the wreckage and put him on the divider. Ong was then about to pull out Zainal's wife when he was knocked down by the Toyota Estima driver who, apparently, was trying to drive out of the resultant traffic jam. Ong's friend had alerted the driver to stop. After the friend freed Ong, the driver sped off.
I went to Ong's house about 9 days after the incident. He has lost his right leg. He was still in the ICU and that day the doctors decided they had to amputate the other leg as well. I remember his wife saying she doesn't mind him being crippled as long as he is alive. She even talked about getting a wheelchair for him.
Everyone thought he was gonna survive. I was shocked to receive news of his demise the very next morning.
I dedicated Sheila Majid's Lagenda to the unsung hero because I feel the lyrics and the melody suits him perfectly...
Di antara berjuta
Patah tak tumbuh lagi
Hilang belum berganti
Kerana kau tersendiri...
He definitely is one in a million.
Ong's family received a donation of RM1,300 from National Welfare Foundation and Ampang Social Welfare Department. Instead, they gave the money to the couple that Ong saved. They said that's what Ong would've done - to continue helping the injured couple who have to work to support their children.
What about the person who hit Ong? Khoo Kim Chuan, 47, was charged in court with careless and inconsiderate driving and, upon pleading guilty, was fined RM5,500 and had his driving licence “endorsed”. He never acknowledged Ong's family.