GEORGE TOWN: The X'MAS BABE who was featured in The Star on Dec 25, 1971 is now 40 years old!
Loh Kok Tee, who was dubbed a “nobody's child,” is now a renovation contractor.
His foster father Loh Cheang Huat passed away due to stroke when he was 12. The apple of his eye is his 76-year-old foster mother Seow Gim Ean. He cherishes every moment he is with her.
The Star had carried a report that Cheang Huat received a surprise Christmas gift when he was seeking outpatient treatment at the Penang Hospital after a motorcycle accident.
A young woman handed over her newborn baby to him on the excuse of going to the lavatory and did not returned after that.
Cheang Huat, who waited for more than two hours for the woman to return, lodged a police report and then took the baby home.
Although he has seven children of his own - four girls and three boys - Cheang Huat said he would raise the newborn as his own child.
He refused to give the baby away for adoption.
Kok Tee said he was sad that he could not repay the kindness of his foster father especially since he has the financial means.
“I am really grateful that he did not abandon me after I was handed over to him.
“I dread what would have happened if he too had given up on me at that time. Now, I focus my attention on my foster mother,” he said when met at his apartment in Relau here on Thursday.
Kok Tee quit his secondary school at the age of 15 to do odd-jobs.
He ventured into renovation at the age of 25 after much persuasion from one of his brothers.
Kok Tee used to stay at the house with his other family members in Jalan Balik Pulau, Air Itam, before they moved out some three months ago as the house would be demolished soon.
Recalling his childhood, Kok Tee said he was never left out by his foster parents and siblings who are now in their 40s and 50s,
He still remembers Christmas Eve used to be a double celebration for them a small party at home to mark his birthday and Christmas celebration.
Another matter which is etched on his mind was his foster father ferrying him around Air Itam on a Vespa scooter.
On his biological parents, Kok Tee said he was not angry with them for abandoning him.
“I do not want to know them. I just want to move on with my life. My foster parents and foster siblings matter the most to me,” he said.
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