Woman adopted since birth seeks family 48 years later

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  • Sunday, 28 Sep 2003


FAMILY TIES: Tay with her deceased parents' photos at The Star's headquarters in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday. Tay is Surainah's cousin.

PETALING JAYA: A woman who was adopted by a Malay family since birth is determined to locate her family members despite revelations that her natural parents have died.  

Surainah Ibrahim, the daughter of a Baba and Nyonya couple from Malacca, was given to bomoh Husin @ Hassan Ahmad about 48 years ago after he cured her father of a strange mental illness. 

Surainah’s mother, who was then pregnant, promised Husin she would give him her unborn child if he could cure her husband. 

Husin accepted Surainah when she was born in May 1955 but he gave the baby away to his relative Ibrahim Datuk Dagang Puteh and Aminah Aman, as he was unable to care for Surainah. 

Surainah said she was told of her adoption when she got married in 1976 and it was only last year that her foster sister revealed details about her background. 

Through an article by The Star last year, Surainah managed to locate her cousin Tay Lian Neo, 64, whose mother Lim Bee Neo, better known as Bibik, oversaw the adoption.  

Tay said that many years ago, she met Surainah’s natural brother, who revealed that his parents had died. Tay’s own parents, Tay Chen Hoon and Lim, had also passed away.  

Surainah had one sister and two brothers and her natural father’s name was said to be Tay Chen Phooi, or “Bulat”, and was believed to be living in Cheras when he was alive. 

Those with information can call Surainah at 017-880 0843 or Tay at 03-7957 8939.  

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