Family recalls murder victim Irene Ong Ai Sam, who was murdered on Saturday at Bukit Gasing, as a devoted and loving mother who gave to community. At the Guan Yin crematorium in Jalan 222, eldest sibling, 21-year-old Chin Hui Ying led the tributes, saying Ong was a dedicated, selfless mother who never asked for anything in return. Hui Ying, who studies at the RMIT University in Melbourne, said she last saw her mother in February.
On Saturday, she received a video call from her father, 55-year-old Chin Wing San, and younger sister, 17-year-old Chin Hui Wei:
They told me to sit down and then broke the news. They said mama had been mugged and attacked by thieves. I was shocked and stunned when they told me she did not make it. I told my dad and sister to give me time to absorb the news. I then made arrangements to return.
My mother was always active in charity and social work, even in our primary and secondary schools. Whether it was the Parent-Teacher Association or the Petaling Jaya Evangelical Free Church, my mother gave her time freely.
She was not only my mother, but my best friend as well. I could talk to her about anything and she always listened and gave me advice.
Hui Ying boarded a flight on Sunday and arrived KLIA at 4pm. She went straight to the University Malaya Medical Centre mortuary to see her mother’s body.
It is learnt that Wing San worked as a manager while Hui Wei is studying at SMK (P) Sri Aman in Petaling Jaya. Hui Ying is a second year advertising student. Hui Wei, too, expressed her pain via an emotional blog post following her mother’s tragic death.
At the funeral parlour where the body lies, a steady stream of relatives and friends turned up. The victim’s husband looked sombre and refused to speak to reporters, claiming some reports on the incident contained inaccurate information.
Petaling Jaya police chief Assistant Commissioner Arjunaidi Mohamed said the suspects had yet to be identified and that police were studying closed-circuit television images taken from houses in the vicinity of the incident.
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