A very fine farewell

A very fine farewell

Performers were balancing flags on their heads, acrobats were on stilts and jumping over a ring of fire, dancers were dressed as traditional Chinese dolls and a live band played an old lady's favourite songs.

SINGAPORE - The funeral of Mrs Teo Poh Choo, 82, who was also known as Madam Poh, included two 18m-long cranes, one weighing 200 tonnes and the other 250 tonnes, two prime movers and eight motorcycle escorts for her funeral procession on Sunday. The funeral cost $31,000.

Madam Poh's granddaughter, Ms Jasmin Poh, said that it was her grandmother's request for a grand funeral. Madam Poh had been diagnosed with brain cancer in August this year. Barely 10 days after she finished her radiography treatment in October, her health deteriorated and she died at Tan Tock Seng Hospital last Wednesday.

She leaves behind her husband, 85, six children, a goddaughter and about 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Poh family owns Asiagroup Leasing and Leong Kiang Tractor and Machinery, which specialises in heavy lifting and transportation equipment such as cranes. Madam Poh and her husband had started the company from scratch.

Their sons, Steven and Vincent, took over the business. It grew and gradually expanded to Malaysia and Indonesia.

Ms Poh, who is the operations division head of Asiagroup, said: "Ah Ma was so proud of our family's achievements so we decided that we should get our machinery to send her off on her last journey."

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