All I want for Christmas is a family reunion

All I want for Christmas is a family reunion
Madam Lee Su Hui and a photo of her as a baby.

The fact that Madam Lee Su Hui was living just 2km away from the woman for whom she had been searching for more than two decades is enough bring tears to her eyes.

The 48-year-old housewife was adopted as a baby by a well-to-do childless couple.

And the woman she was searching for was her birth mother.

On Thursday, through the help of voluntary group Crime Library, she located the Mei Ling Street home of her birth mother, Madam Kwek Aye Tee, not far from her own home in Queenstown.

But her hopes were dashed when neighbours told her that Madam Kwek had died after a fall in the kitchen about seven years ago, at the age of 72.

"I knew she would be about 79 or 80 if she was still alive today, so I prepared myself for the possibility that she might not be around any more. Still, there was that sliver of hope," she says.

Now, Madam Lee is pinning her hopes on finding her biological siblings, who, she hopes, can tell her more about their mother.

A neighbour told her that Madam Kwek's wake was managed by the latter's son, whose wife worked in a hawker centre.

Madam Lee says she longed to re-connect with her birth mother ever since she was about seven or eight years old, when she found out she was adopted.

"The moment I found out (about my adoption), I wanted to know... who my real parents were, why I was given away, what they looked like.

"I always felt like my life was not really connected, that I didn't have a complete picture, and that there was a head to the story... like a page was torn off," she says.

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