Murdered woman cremated

Murdered woman cremated
Almost 40 family members and close friends were present at Mandai Crematorium yesterday to send off Madam Karen Koh, who died after she was slashed by her husband Ken Ong. He then turned the knife on himself. It is believed that his body remains unclaimed.

SINGAPORE - Madam Karen Koh was cremated yesterday evening with almost 40 family members and close friends present at Mandai Crematorium.

She died of her injuries after being slashed by her husband Ken Ong, 37, on Friday morning in their Yuan Ching Road home.

As she lay badly wounded in the three-room apartment's master bedroom, Mr Ong e-mailed a 2,047-word "Final Note" to the media and others, explaining his actions. He then turned the knife on himself. Both of them died in hospital.

Yesterday, Madam Koh's father, who declined to be named, dismissed the contents of Mr Ong's e-mail as a pack of lies.

"It's all false, all false," he said in Mandarin. But he did not wish to say more. "It's all in the past now, I don't want to talk about it."

Before the crematorium service began, Madam Koh's mother, Madam Cheng Swee Wan, wailed: "She died so unjustly."

In the e-mail that Mr Ong sent, with the subject line "Jurong Murder", he described his failed marriage and accused his in-laws of treating him badly.

He also said his wife had shown him little respect and would not let him work in her family's business.

Madam Koh, 39, a Malaysian and a permanent resident in Singapore, was one of four directors of TYT Corporation, which specialises in office furniture.

Her brother Andy and sister-in-law Rachel Tan led the procession out of the crematorium hall after the service.

Both of them declined to speak to reporters.

The family went from the crematorium to a temple in Geylang where more prayers were conducted.

It is believed that Mr Ong's body remains unclaimed.

The Sunday Times visited his listed address, a one-room flat in Toa Payoh, but neighbours said an elderly man in his 70s who lived there was hospitalised a week ago and had not been back since.

On Friday morning, while their five-year-old son was believed to be in kindergarten, Mr Ong also attacked the family's Filipino maid, Ms Jasmen Jamelarin Corpuz, when she tried to intervene in his attack on Madam Koh.

The maid was seriously injured but she fled and survived. She was slashed on her shoulders, back and left upper arm.

She was still warded at the National University Hospital yesterday.

At the couple's Yuan Ching Road condominium in Jurong yesterday afternoon, a male employee of TYT Corporation asked to be let in.

He placed a single white chrysanthemum in front of the home.

Among the mourners at the crematorium yesterday was Madam Koh's young son, who was handed a clutch of white chrysanthemums.

He was carried around his mother's coffin before he placed the flowers inside it - his last goodbye.

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