Hong Kong actor, Wu Mengda (吳孟達) or more commonly known as Ng Man-Tat passed away on 27th February due to liver cancer. His funeral took place on 7th March and he was cremated the following day.
Wu’s current wife, Hou Shanyan will be bringing his ashes back to Malaysia and will bury them here. However, his son, Wu Weilun has recently stated he has not decided when to return to Malaysia. He also disclosed his father’s last request of him: “to take good care of his grandmother”.
Wu Mengda has always been a family man. His younger brother, Wu Lida, has praised the actor for always taking care of his family and being filial to their parents. Wu was often seen on dates with his current wife and his son admits Wu always found time to spend with the family.
Wu also treasured his mother greatly. He did not disclose his condition to the public previously because he did not want his mother to know. When he was in the hospital for treatment, he asked his mother to not visit. The 90-year-old woman only saw Wu on his last day. Wu Lida explained that Wu “didn’t want her to be sad when she sees him suffering.”
Wu’s mother was not seen at the viewing on the 7th of March. However, an elderly lady was seen leaving the cremation ceremony on the 8th of March. The grieving lady was being supported by her relatives and friends.
While Wu’s family and friends grieved, netizens callously commented on Andy Lau when he attended the funeral. Some found his dressing ‘too casual’, others were upset that he greeted the media cordially during the funeral. A few even had an issue with the colour of his mask!
A few brave netizens took to the net to support Lau, claiming these people were being “picky”. They defended his clothing style and stated that greeting the reporters was just him being professional. They also pointed out that Lau wasn’t the only one with a white mask, yet no one commented on the others.
“After Wu Mengda passed away, Andy Lau, as a good friend, is definitely more sad and sorrowful than netizens,” one netizen concluded. “Don’t be so nitpicky.”