Sarawak mourns death of rising aquatic star

Datuk Snowdan Lawan

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KUCHING, Oct 25: Sarawak has lost a rising aquatic star following the demise of 19-year-old swimmer Ayrton Lim.

Youth and Sports Assistant Minister, Datuk Snowdan Lawan, said the state swimmer had done very well in last Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perak.

He believed that Lim could excel and even become one of the state’s gold medalist in the 2020 Sukma in Johor.

“We regretted his passing, we have lost a potential aquatic star.

“My condolences are for the family who have to bear the bereavement and we will get in touch with the family to render our assistance,” Snowdan said in a statement when commenting on the tragic death of the swimmer.

Snowdan advised teenagers to get their life sorted and start a new if the thing are not working out for them. He added that black and gloomy days are not necessarily the end of the world, and there is always an option to be happy and calm.

“Seek help where necessary because consultation avenues are available at government hospitals and by NGO bodies.

“Depression is a serious life threat to the society now. Taking one’s own life by suicide may end a depressor’s dilemma once and for all but it’s tragic for the loved ones, parents and siblings alike, who have to bear the world left behind by them,” he said.

Lim was found dead at his family home in Tabuan Laru here yesterday. He was found unconscious by his mother, who then informed the police. According to the mother, the deceased had been in a state of depression the past three days.

He had returned from training in Singapore recently. — DayakDaily