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Parents of boys who died in Tampines accident want to move on

The parents of two boys who died in an accident in Tampines last year have said they accept the court's verdict and now that the case is closed, they want to move on.

SINGAPORE: The parents of two boys who died in an accident in Tampines last year have said they accept the court's verdict and now that the case is closed, they want to move on.

Mr and Mrs Yap have since moved from their Tampines home to a smaller flat in Chua Chu Kang.

Mr Yap said this is to let his wife be nearer to her other family members who live around the area.

The couple also hopes that their new home and new environment will, more importantly, give them a new start.

Madam Suliani Ang said: "My husband has previously said he's forgiven the driver. I have also forgiven him. So whether it's two weeks, or two years (imprisonment), it's not important to us.

"Even if you give him the death penalty, my children won't come back to life. We trust (in) the judgement of the authorities. Regardless of the judgement, (let's) just leave it (at that). If not, we will feel stuck and not have closure."

Mr and Mrs Yap have set aside one part of their new home in memory of their two sons.

The shelves in the study are filled with the boys' favourite toys and photographs.

The couple said that over the past year, they have tried to keep themselves busy to take their minds away from the accident.

Mr Yap hopes the incident will serve as a lesson to other drivers.

He said: "Finally the case is closed, we now just need to move on. We never think about how the operator got punished. Things done already, can't be undone.

"Next time... must tell his friends or colleagues -- driving cement truck must be more cautious, don't misjudge." 

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