Woman in quest to find long-lost relatives


A 72-YEAR-old woman wants to find her family members in Sibu whom she has not seen for 63 years.

Ah Ying was born in the 1930s and raised in Sibu until the age of nine when she was taken back to China by her grandparents and has lived there since.

She occasionally wrote to her family in Sibu but contact between the two sides was severed sometime in 1973 after the last letter written by her mother was not replied.

Since then, she had on several occasions tried to establish contact but was unsuccessful.

In a desperate attempt, she sought help from a friend in Kuala Lumpur a few days ago and the latter subsequently contacted the Sibu Chiang Chuan Association.

According to association secretary Kapitan Ivy Sim Tang Siok, she was informed that Ah Ying’s father was named Wee Jin Kui and her mother was a Melanau named Sate or Satcha.

“She has a brother and two sisters. They often went to Sarikei and sometimes to Dalat to meet an uncle named Chali Bajim who was working at a sawmill there,” she said.

Ah Ying’s grandfather Koh Kee Siew took her and her grandmother Kian Hua or Pendeh to China in 1948 for unspecified reasons.

Family members, relatives or anyone else who knows Ah Ying can contact her through the Sibu Chiang Chuan Association at 084-330 579 or 313 579 or Sim at 012-808 5998.

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