Hiking in Singapore isn’t normally considered dangerous, but that’s if you stick to the usual trails.
If you’re someone who thirsts for adventures and makes it a habit to explore unmarked trails, that’s when you got to be more careful.
On 19 Dec 2021, an unfortunate incident happened, leading to the death of a 48-year-old woman.
48YO Woman Reportedly Dies from Fallen Concrete Slab in Forest Along Upper Bukit Timah Road
On 19 Dec 2021, at around 12:40pm, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) were alerted to a case of death in the forested area along Upper Bukit Timah Road.
A 48-year-old woman, reportedly believed to be Ms Melita Dolah, was found lying motionless in the area.
She was transported unconscious to Ng Teng Fong Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
According to the SPF, it was a case of unnatural death but they do not suspect foul play.
Investigations are ongoing.
According to Straits Times, it is believed that a concrete slab fell on her.
When they were at the area at 6:30pm, they found several unmarked trails cutting across the forest with pieces of concrete debris, disused containers and rubble on the ground.
A Frequent Hiker
Ms Melita appears to be a frequent hiker, according to her Facebook profile.
In the months before her death, she has a lot of photos showing her visiting nature areas with friends such as Pulau Ubin and the Railway Corridor.
Her Facebook profile also revealed her going off the beaten track to places such as the abandoned Keppel Hill Reservoir and a deserted villa near Coney Island.
According to her cousin, Ms Siti Nora, Ms Melita and her friends had visited the route several times before the unfortunate incident happened on Sunday.
A Family-Oriented & Kind Sister
Ms Siti said that her cousin leaves behind four children.
Calling her a “family-oriented” person, she said that Ms Melita had a hard time bringing up her children as a single mother.
“She’s a family-oriented person. Being a single mum to four kids was not easy for her. Frankly, I’m still in shock.”
Mr Rizwan Mohd Yusof, a friend and colleague of Ms Melita, also took to Facebook to express his condolences.
He described her as a kind sister as well.
Be Careful When Taking Unmarked Trails
In November 2020, two teenage boys got lost while searching for a World War II Japanese shrine and a search party had to be sent out.
In March 2021, a 60-year-old hiker plunged into a waterlogged ditch after misjudging its depth.
A 29-year-old was almost crushed by a massive tree after simply touching it.
According to the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), people must take better care when venturing off the unmarked path in Singapore’s nature areas.
These trails are not maintained for recreation and public access.
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Feature Image: Facebook (Melita Dolah) / Google Map (Image for illustration purpose only)
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