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Wednesday July 22, 2009

Ministry to look into welfare of Teoh’s family

ALOR GAJAH: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry will look into the welfare needs of Teoh Beng Hock’s family, said its minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

She said this would include assisting his 28-year-old school teacher fiancee Soh Cher Wei who has requested a transfer from Semenyih to her hometown in Batu Pahat.

“I will approach the Education Minister to discuss Soh’s transfer as soon as possible,” she told reporters after visiting Teoh’s family at their home in Taman Sri Kelemak yesterday.

Words are not enough: Shahrizat talking to Beng Hock’s mother Teng Shuw Hor, father Leong Hwee and Soh at the family home in Alor Gajah Tuesday.

On July 18, Soh said she would be applying for three months’ leave from the school where she was teaching, adding that her parents had advised her to return to Batu Pahat to be near them.

Shahrizat said as Teoh had been the sole breadwinner in his family, the ministry would look at ways to assist them.

She hope speculation over Teoh’s death would cease and the matter left to the police to investigate.

Later, when asked to comment on Soh’s intention to legalise Teoh as the father of her unborn child, Shahrizat said the power to make the changes to legalise the marriage and include Teoh as the father of the child was not within the power of her ministry.

However, she said she would take the matter up with the National Registration Department.

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