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Thursday September 4, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by sarban singh
Sad reminder: Scott standing next to one of his father's motorcycles while his brother Melvic and mothe Loi look on at their house in Sri Carcosa.
SEREMBAN: Brothers Melvic and Scott Choo who lost their father Captain Eugene Choo Jin Leong in the MH17 tragedy will not give up on their ambitions to become pilots.
Melvic, who is a student at St Paul’s Institution here, said he aspired to fly a commercial aircraft just like his father, who was with MAS for 24 years until the July 17 incident.
“Papa knew that Scott and I aspired to be pilots like him and he always encouraged us,” the 13-year-old said during Eugene’s wake at their residence in Sri Carcosa, near here.
Scott, a pupil at SJKC Pei Hua, said his father would take the siblings for motocross events in Lukut, Port Dickson.
“Melvic already owns his own Kawasaki motocross bike,” said the 11-year-old.
“Papa started giving me lessons on motocross too, and I hope to be a good rider like him some day.”
Asked what were the last words he exchanged with his father, Scott said it was on the day Eugene left for Amsterdam.
“I was having tuition in the house,” he recalled.
“I ran up to him and asked if he was working. He smiled and told me he had to so that we could have a good life.”
Ivy Loi, 42, said her last words with her husband were a couple of minutes before his flight back to Kuala Lumpur.
“He sent me a text message saying that he was trying to claim the VAT (value-added tax) for something he had bought for me at the airport — and that the officer was not being helpful at all,” she said.
Loi, a former stewardess with the national carrier, said she resigned several years after they got married in 1997 so that she could take care of their children.
Loi said she had planned to offer prayers for Eugene’s late mother, whose death anniversary fell on July 18, when he got back.
“But then, I got news of the tragedy from the wife of another pilot,” she said.
Loi has decided to give her husband’s five motorcycles to his friends.
She also thanked Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong for coordinating the cremation of Eugene’s remains while in Amsterdam.
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