Family tries to cope with double loss

KLANG - First she saw her son being hauled to court. Then she attended the funeral of her daughter and watched the coffin disappear behind the furnace doors at a crematorium here.

The grief was too much for the mother, who wailed uncontrollably as she dropped to her knees after the final goodbye to her 22-year-old daughter at the Fairy Park crematorium at around 10.30am yesterday.

The ashes were later interred at the columbarium in a memorial park in Jalan Meru.

Her parents and an elder brother fought back tears to lead about 50 relatives and friends in prayer for the dead woman, who had been studying at a university in Sabah.

The woman and her younger brother, an 18-year-old soon-to-be college student, had been involved in an argument at their home in Jalan Kemuning Permai in Shah Alam on Sunday.

Police who rushed to the house on receiving a call from their parents after the 3am incident found the woman dead in her blood-soaked pyjamas outside her brother's room.

The brother allegedly told the parents his sister had been drunk and killed herself. However, the police detained the teenager in connection with the case.

The family was present at the Shah Alam magistrate's court on Monday to see him being taken away to the police lock-up, where he will be remanded until Nov 2.

Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Samah Mat said the police were looking into whether intoxication was the cause of the woman's alleged murder.

The suspect completed the SPM examination last year and was due to start a pre-university course at a private college next year.