Sunday, June 23, 2013

Funeral for storm victim goes ahead

Lim Chin Aik's family hasn't obtained a death certificate

GEORGE TOWN: THE funeral of Lim Chin Aik, 44, who is presumed dead after a lightning arrestor at Menara Umno landed on his car during a freak storm on June 13, went ahead yesterday although his family had not obtained a death certificate.

The mood was somber as family members and friends gathered to pay their last respects to Lim at Lim Jetty here.

His wife, Lee Chai Song, 48, cut a forlorn figure while his mother, Ang Kim Looi @ Ang Kim Hooi, 70, cried and had to be consoled.

The funeral procession from the jetty began at 11am, with Lim's eldest son, Chia Yiang, 20, carrying an urn bearing mud from the incident site in Jalan Macalister, and daughter Hui Jiune, 13, carrying his portrait.

Another son, Chia Oon, 18, who has Down's syndrome, was seen carrying a bunting, expressing the family's hope for the issuance of a death certificate.

The funeral procession of Lim Chin Aik on its way to Kek Lok Si Temple’s columbarium in Penang yesterday.

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The procession passed by Lebuh Chulia, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling and Lebuh Carnarvon before proceeding to Kek Lok Si Temple's columbarium.

At the columbarium, a simple ceremony was conducted to appease Lim's soul.

Lim's cousin, Roy Tan Kok Hor, thanked well-wishers for their prayers.

He said he hoped the Home Ministry would help the family in requesting the attorney-general to initiate an inquest to determine Lim's cause of death.

"We will hold prayers in Jalan Macalister after 49 days and 100 days of the incident."

In the incident, parts of Lim's smashed vehicle were retrieved from a hole, caused by the incident.

However, his body is still missing.

Search operations were called off last Monday when digging to find Lim's body risked damaging nearby buildings.

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