GEORGE TOWN: It was a sombre affair at the funeral wake of septuagenarian Thum Pek Guan who was killed in a fire with her four dogs at a wooden house in Paya Terubong.
Her godson Ong Lye Seng, 54, was alone and looked despondent as he burnt prayer paraphernalia at the Mount Erskine funeral parlour.
Thum, 75, will be cremated at the Mount Erskine crematorium today.
The four dogs had been given a “proper burial”.
Ong, an undertaker, said he buried the dogs at a site near the razed house.
“The dogs were like my godmother’s children. She loved them so much so that she refused to move to her low-medium-cost flat in Mount Erskine as there would be no place for her beloved pets.
“She even used the RM200 given to her monthly by the state Welfare Department to rent a place here so that she could stay with them,” he said yesterday.
On Friday, firemen found the charred remains of the elderly woman near the door with her dogs at the rented wooden house. The annexe building, a steel foundry, was also partially destroyed.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng presented RM4,000 to Thum’s goddaughter Phang Seh Moy.
Lim said the RM2,000 came from his office while the Welfare Department and Paya Terubong assemblyman Yeoh Soon Hin also presented RM1,000 each to Phang.
“The state government is always concerned about the plight and welfare of the people.
“Besides RM4,000, we will also present another RM1,000 to Phang under the state’s Senior Citizens Appreciation Programme,” he said.
Also present were Yeoh and state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh.