Uproar over two who placed mini coffins

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  • Friday, 12 Jul 2013

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TWO men have placed two mini coffins and offered prayers at the scene where a man allegedly murdered his wife and their two children in Sibu, reported Sin Chew Daily.

However, many people had called up the daily to rebuke the men’s action after the report was published on Wednesday.

One reader even claimed that it was a common practice to summon the souls of those who died young.

Meanwhile, others believed that it was a good ritual to “attract wealth”.

The readers said that the souls of those who were killed in the tragedy should be left to rest in peace.

In the case, the man had allegedly killed his 40-year-old wife Ling Yung Ming and two of their children Victor Tiang Soon Heng, two, and Christine Tiang Soon Ai, 14, by gassing them.

The eldest son, Vincent, 17, managed to escape.

> Nanyang Siang Pau reported that two student researchers of the National University of Singapore had successfully produced two tropical-flavoured wine from durian and papaya.

The research was conducted by the university’s Food Science and Technology Pro-gramme’s PhD student Christine Lee, 29, and undergraduate Tan Yu Ling, 22.

It was commonly believed that both durian and alcohol could not be safely consumed together as the sulphur compounds in the fruit might suppress the body’s normal metabolism rate, triggering alcohol poisoning, dizzying spells or even death.

However, Tan had scientifically proven that the sulphur compounds in durians could be greatly reduced to a safe level after a fermentation process.

Lee said that the wines he produced had since then received good responses from friends who had tasted them.

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