Racked with grief and guilt


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 24 Dec 2015

In anguish: Teo being comforted at the family home in Parit Haji Sidek, Batu Pahat after her mother

BATU PAHAT: It was heartwrenching to watch the agony of a child who was blaming herself for the death of her mother.

A devastated Teo Shih Theng, 28, the daughter of Ong Chui Hoe, 53, who was among the 13 victims killed in a tragic bus crash in Chiang Mai, Thailand, was beside herself in grief.

“Ma... Ma... don’t worry, I will help take care of Papa, don’t worry,” she sobbed in front of the altar where her mother’s remains were at their house in Parit Haji Sidek here yesterday.

“It’s me, Shih Theng, your daughter who loves you. Even though you are now in heaven, I will keep being filial to you and Papa, don’t worry.

“I will pass on your love and spirit, I will not let you down,” wailed an emotional Teo while looking at her mother’s photo at the altar.

She was comforted by other family members.

Teo felt especially guilty as she had paid for the holiday for her mother and father Teo Tien Chor. The trip ended in tragedy although Tien Chor survived.

Teo’s eldest sister Shih Hui, 30, said her sister had been blaming herself for what had happened.

“She kept saying she regretted her decision to send our parents on the vacation despite our mum’s advice to her not to waste money.

“She (Shih Theng) felt that if she had not sent our parents on the trip, our mother would still be alive,” said Shih Hui.

She said they were alerted about the accident by their cousins and via Facebook postings. A representative from the travel agency then called them to confirm the bad news.

Ong is survived by her four children: Shih Hui, 30, Shih Theng, 28, Shih Khim, 26, and Choon Hwee, 23.

Ong joined the trip with her sister, Ong Chai Hong, 58, along with their husbands. Both women died while their husbands were injured and are still receiving treatment in a hospital in Thailand.

The sisters’ remains arrived at their houses along Jalan Kluang in Parit Haji Sidek at around 11.05am and noon respectively.

Their remains will be cremated on Sunday between 10am and 11am at the Fairy Memorial Park in Pagoh.

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