Family claims undergrad's body

Family claims undergrad's body
Mr Goh Kwee Lam at the funeral wake for his younger son, Goh Chuan Kiet.

Mr Goh Kwee Lam clearly remembers the final time he talked to his 23-year-old son.

It was last Sunday, when he woke up early enough to catch undergraduate Goh Chuan Kiet making instant noodles for breakfast before leaving for Changi, where he typically spent weekends.

"He said, 'Dad, I'm heading out,' and that was the last I saw of him," recalled Mr Goh yesterday afternoon.

The 60-year-old, his wife, Meng Kwang, 58, and their remaining two children were at the Singapore General Hospital mortuary to collect the body of the family's youngest.

The SIM Global Education student, who went missing after the weather turned bad while he was paddle-boarding with schoolmates, was found at about 6.20pm on Tuesday near Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal by volunteers who had joined the search.

Mr Goh said yesterday was a day of mixed emotions for the family.

After four sleepless nights, having the body gave them some closure.

"My heart is in pieces, but at least we found him and it's over."

The technician described his younger son as filial, carefree and someone who "couldn't sit still".

"He had so many girls I didn't know who he was dating," he told The Straits Times, with a sad smile.

The business major also had a creative flair, taking on a part-time job to build sand sculptures for events even as he juggled his studies.

"It had only been a few months since he started university and he was doing well, but now he won't even get to graduate," said Mr Goh.

His son's wake, which began yesterday at Block 343 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, will be held until Sunday.

Investigations into his death are ongoing.

hpeishan@sph.com.sg


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