Friday 21 July 2017

'Seven went on holiday . . . only two came back'

A woman prays at the Erawan shrine, the site of Monday's deadly blast, in Bangkok. Photo: Reuters
A woman prays at the Erawan shrine, the site of Monday's deadly blast, in Bangkok. Photo: Reuters

This week's deadly bombing in Bangkok has left a Malaysian family struggling to come to grips with an attack that claimed at least four clan members who had been enjoying a Thai holiday.

Among the hardest-hit has been Tan Kim Kee (71), who was told her family had been caught in the middle of Monday's blast.

"She cannot accept the truth," close family friend Visen Lim Gin Seong said yesterday. "She has been crying non-stop and asking why heaven is so cruel to the family when they have been so good to people."

Seven members of the family had travelled by train on Saturday from northern Malaysia's Penang island to the Thai beach resort city of Hua Hin, and arrived in Bangkok on Monday, Lim said.

Neo Ee Ling (33), who is five months pregnant, was not injured, and her father, Neo Hock Guan (55), reportedly suffered minor injuries. But four other family members, including Ee Ling's four-year-old daughter, are confirmed dead and a fifth is presumed to have died.

The family had waited for Hock Guan's youngest son, Neo Jai Jun (20), who studies in Taiwan, to return to Malaysia before heading to Thailand, while his sister-in-law, Lim So See (52), who lived in Singapore, joined the trip as well, Lim said.

Jai Jun was killed, and So See is presumed dead.

The other members of the family who died were Hock Guan's 49-year-old wife, Lim Saw Gek; son-in-law Lee Tze Siang (35); and four-year-old granddaughter Lee Jin Xuan.

Irish Independent

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