Bangkok blast: Family struggles to break tragic news to boy, 6

Bangkok blast: Family struggles to break tragic news to boy, 6
LEFT BEHIND: Lee Jian Han, 6, standing near his father Lee Tze Siang’s coffin at his home in Butterworth in Penang.
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5 members of Malaysian boy's family killed in Bangkok blast. Grandma says:

Five of his family members died in Monday's Bangkok bomb blast, but six-year-old Malaysian Lee Jian Han did not have an idea.

Nobody had the heart to tell Jian Han that his father, 35-year-old Lee Tze Siang, four-year-old sister Jing Xuan and three other family members - maternal grandmother Lim Saw Gek, 49, uncle Neoh Jai Jun, 20, and grandaunt Lim Su See, 52 - had all perished.

Madam Lim Su See was a Singapore permanent resident

Surviving the blast were Jian Han's pregnant mother Neoh Ee Ling, 33, and his maternal grandfather Neoh Hock Guan, 55, reported The Star.

The family of seven from Penang were holidaying in Bangkok when the blast occurred, claiming 20 lives and injuring more than 120 people.

Jian Han was left at home under the care of his paternal grandfather, 51-year-old farmer Lee Tiang Heng.

"We will keep the news of my son's and granddaughter's deaths a secret," said Mr Lee.

"We don't know how to tell my grandson."

Mr Lee said his son had asked him to take care of Jian Han while he was away in Bangkok to perform prayers and buy goods for his clothing business.

"He told me that his son could not follow them to Bangkok as he had to attend kindergarten," he said.

The bodies of the younger Mr Lee, Ms Lim, Jing Xuan and Mr Neoh were flown back to Malaysia yesterday and were received by family.

Jian Han was later seen near his father's coffin.

A funeral for Ms Lim and Mr Neoh Jai Jun will be held on Sunday.

When reporters visited the family home, Mr Neoh's eldest brother requested for privacy.


This article was first published on August 21, 2015.
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