KUALA LUMPUR: The silence was deafening at the Jinjang and Batu Village funeral parlour near here as family members of murdered brothers gathered for the wake.
Koay Jia Hong, five, 18-month-old Melvin Selvam Joseph and their Indonesian maid Agnes were found with their throats slit at their home in Taman Sri Putra in Sungai Buloh on Tuesday evening.
When approached for an interview yesterday, Melvin’s father Selvam Joseph, dispelled talk that a misunderstanding between him and his wife had caused stress to Agnes.
“My wife and I are not divorced. We decided to live separately while waiting for the completion of our new home,” said the 44-year-old freelance IT consultant when met at the funeral parlour yesterday.
The bereaved father also requested that the family be given privacy to mourn the deaths of the boys.
“This is a difficult time for the family and we would like some time alone to grieve.
“Please respect our privacy,” said Selvam.
The family said that the boys would be cremated at the Cheras crematorium today.
Also present to pay her last respects was Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who offered words of consolation to Selvam and the boys’ mother Koay Wan Nee, 27.
“In the eyes of the family, Agnes (the maid) was an exemplary employee in the 18 months of her employment.”
She also urged the Human Resources Ministry to conduct a health check, including mental examinations, on all maids.
“The health checks should be conducted once in six months,” said Shahrizat, who was accompanied by the National Welfare Foundation chief executive officer Datuk Rafek Reshidullah.
The foundation had offered financial assistance to the family to help with the funeral costs.
When contacted, Sungai Buloh OCPD Supt Junaidi Bujang said that police had returned to the scene to retrieve the knives that were used in the murder-cum-suicide case.