Chinese New Year celebrations are gloomy for families of landslide victims

SABAK BERNAM: The Chinese New Year celebration will arrive soon and it is very sad for the family of the four children who died in the landslide tragedy at the Father’s Organic Farm campsite in Batang Kali, Hulu Selangor, last month.

The December 16 tragedy claimed the lives of Gain Choo Yin, 35; her husband, Wong Kim Yap, 34, and their two children, Wong Hao Yee, 6, and one-year-old Wong Zi Hang who were found buried at the scene of the incident.

The mother of the late Choo Yin, Beh Su Lee, 59, said the loss of four loved ones in the blink of an eye is still felt by her family to this day.

“This New Year will be very different when my daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren will not be with us forever.

“I didn’t celebrate the celebration because I was still saddened by the loss of Choo Yin who lived with me since the birth of her first child (Hao Yee),” he said while holding back tears when met at his residence in Taman Mutiara, today.

According to him, Choo Yin lives with him while his son-in-law, Kim Yap who works as a cook lives in Kuala Lumpur.

Su Lee said again, he started to feel uneasy when he found out that his daughter was attending the camp

“I tried to contact and send a message on the WhatsApp application to Choo Yin but there was no reply and I suspect something happened. My heart broke after knowing they were among the victims and continued to cry,” he said.

He added that the loss of his four children had a profound effect, not to mention that his two grandchildren were taken care of since birth.

“If I remember them, I will continue to lose my appetite and find it difficult to sleep. I still imagine my two grandchildren playing in the yard and it makes me weak because I’m too sad,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tanjong Karang Social Security Organization (Sorkeso) Office Manager, Roseman Muhamad Damanhuri said, the heirs of the late Choo Yin’s family are eligible to receive a Corpse Management Benefit (FPM) of RM2,000 and a Retirement Pension amounting to RM295.24 per month.

“The deceased was eligible to receive a pension after meeting the full eligibility requirements when he started contributing with Sokeso in 2010. Although the deceased has not been working since 2015, the result of the review found that he is eligible to receive the assistance,” he said. – MESSENGER

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