Heartbreak as ashes of three MH17 victims arrive in Penang

Heartbreak as ashes of three MH17 victims arrive in Penang

GEORGE TOWN - The ashes of restaurateur Jenny Loh Yan Hwa and her Dutch husband Fan Shun Po have been placed at the Kek Lok Si columbarium.

The couple's ashes are being temporarily placed there before being moved to the West Lake Garden in Nirvana Memorial Park.

Earlier, their remains touched down at the Penang International Airport at 10.50am yesterday. Also in the helicopter were their only son Kevin Fan, niece known only as Vivian and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Some 20 family members, clad in white, wept when the urns of Loh, 55, and Fan, 60, wrapped with the Jalur Gemilang and the Ne­­therlands flag respectively, were brought out.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and representatives from Penang MCA led by de­­puty chairman Tan Teik Cheng and secretary Dr Tan Chuan Hong were also present.

Everyone who attended the solemn cere­mony observed a moment of silence before the remains were placed in the hearse.

Buddhist Tzu Chi Merit organisation members then offered prayers before the hearse, escorted by the police outriders, left the airport at 11.20am for the columbarium.

Some 50 people, holding white roses, bowed three times as a mark of respect when the hearse reached Kek Lok Si Temple Memorial Hall at 11.40am.

"The couple's son Kevin is still strong and handles his emotions well despite this tragedy. The family is still waiting for the body of Loh's mother Tan Siew Poh, 85, to be identified.

"I promise that we will do our best to get Tan's remains home," Dr Wee said.

Over at Bukit Mertajam, Jajit Kaur Sandhu broke down when the remains of her son MAS steward Sanjid Singh Sandhu arrived in an urn draped with the Jalur Gemilang at their home in Taman Selamat, Alma, here.

The remains arrived at the SMK Machang Bubok school field at 2pm yesterday via the military's EC725 helicopter which also carried his wife Tan Bee Geok, 43, their 10-year-old son Hans Singh Sandhu and several other relatives.

The urn was received by state executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo before being handed over to Sanjid's father Jijar Singh, 71.

A huge crowd comprising relatives, friends and colleagues gathered at the house to pay their last respects. Also present were Dr Wee, Penang MCA chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, state exco members and MPs.

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