Please Don’t Die……

17 Jan

I always wonder, when is the right time to die. For most of us, we can die anytime we want. When we die, the most our close ones will cry a little bit. Maybe a minute or two. Some may cry longer… (Some husbands will cry much less – for the death of  a wife will make them able to marry their scandals…)

The late Mr. Danny Chia (right) during class giving his 100%

BUT, it is not so for one family. The family of the late Mr. Danny Chia. His untimely death was the biggest sin he ever made. The sin which has to be shouldered by his young daughter. A sin that will make her live as a permanent resident of Brunei Darussalam. All started with the sin of  the father, the late Mr. Danny Chia of refusing to stay alive six months longer. Yes, the late Mr. Danny Chia died six months too early…

The late Danny Chia had gone thorough the Ujian Bahasa Melayu which he took in November 2007. He was so happy with the result. He was one step away from getting his Brunei Darussalam’s citizenship. With the citizenship his young daughter can follow suit. That was rightly so for most of us, the new citizens. As most fathers, he had plans for his daughter…


Then one night, he got sick. He went to the SSB hospital ER  in KB to get his treatment. Around 11 pm, he sms’s his wife to tell her where he was and for what reason. He had a sore-throat. A few hours later, he was gone… The family so shocked, reported his death to the Immigration Department.


He died before receiving his letter from the Immigration Department for his ‘loyalty oath’ to our beloved HM. He never receive the invitation letter. AND because of his failure to receive the letter and attend any ‘loyalty oath’ ceremony – his passing the Ujian Bahasa Melayu has now became null and void. The Immigration Department was quick to come out with a verdict – the daughter couldn’t get her citizenship.


My I asked this humble question:

  • Does the late Danny Chia choose to die that early?

  • Can’t our Government be humane enough to to treat this unfortunate incident separately?

  • Was it really a sin for the late Danny Chia to die before ‘loyalty oath swearing ceremony’ thus making his young daughter to continue her life as a permanent resident?

  • By taking (and passing)  the Ujian Bahasa Melayu, isn’t ‘he’ proven enough how loyal he was towards our beloved HM, the government and our law. the late Danny Chia, to me was an example of  a true law abiding citizen (AND he was born here, in Brunei, himself).

  • Is it a sin to die early?

May you rest in peace, my friend…

5 Responses to “Please Don’t Die……”

  1. Ronald 17/01/2010 at 8:20 pm #

    So sad to hear of his sudden death. Wish his family carry on their live stronger. May god bless them.

    • Choy 18/01/2010 at 10:15 pm #

      Yes Ronald, it was very unfortunate indeed for the young daughter of the late Danny Chia… If he is able to stay alive until today, his daughter must have gotten her Brunei’s citizenship right now….


  2. Eric 24/05/2011 at 10:44 am #

    Cikgu, I remember he was on the same flight with me to Singapore sometimes June last year. We were sitting next to each other but i did not notice he was sick.

    What a lost and pity to his family.

    • Choy 06/06/2011 at 1:02 am #

      Danny due to his untimely death was only having a fever & sore throat. He drove himself to the Kuala Belait hospital and was pronounced dead, a couple of hours later in ER…

      Yes in deed, what a pity…


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