By Jane Moh, Borneo Post
THE WAY TO DO IT: Soon Tai being instructed to comb his late mother’s hair.
MOVED TO TEARS: (From second left) Yii Choo and Xiao Lan weep as they view the caskets.
QUIET MOMENT: Soon Tai sits in the van with a picture of his late mother before the cortege leaves for Bukit Aup Cemetery.
LET GO: Soon Tai watches as a Sing Hua officer prepares little Victor for burial.
SIBU: There was no commotion except for the sound of weeping as the three members of the Tiang family killed in their home in Pulau Li Hua a week ago were yesterday buried at Lau Tiing Kee Cemetery in Bukit Aup.
The three, Ling Yung Ming, 40, and her children Christine Tiang, 14, and Victor Tiang, 2, were suspected to have been killed by her husband Tiang Yee Lee in a purported family suicide bid.
The suspect did not turn up for the funeral although he was granted permission.
The couple’s surviving son, Soon Tai, 17, and relatives arrived at Sibu Hospital about 7am yesterday. Soon Tai was seen holding a portrait of his mother Yung Ming.
Yung Ming’s father was absent from the proceedings.
Yung Ming was the elder sister of timber and shipping businessman Ling Tong Hock, 36, who was murdered along with his mother Leong Nyuk Lan, 76, and his two children, David Ling Chei Qi, 10, and Amy Ling Zi Jiun, 7, in their double-storey terrace house at RTM Road here on Jan 3 last year.
Tong Hock’s wife, Li Xiao Lan, who escaped the attack unhurt and his eight-year-old son Kelvin Ling who also survived the brutal attack, were among the large crowd at the hospital.
Also present were Tong Hock’s ex-wife Kong Yien Yien, his sister Ling Yii Choo and younger brother; Tiang’s family members; school mates of survivor Soon Tai and his sister, the late Christine.
Others included Sibu police chief ACP Shafie Ismail, senior investigating officer ASP Yeoh Chun Shyan and Dudong assemblyman Yap Hoi Leong,
Yung Ming’s body was brought out of the mortuary at 8.10am.
Christine’s body was brought out at 8.40am – the sight of which made her school mates sob uncontrollably.
The body of toddler Victor was carried out 15 minutes later.
The cortege left for the cemetery at 9am.
Soon Tai declined to answer questions posed by reporters except for one.
Asked whether his father had chosen a different way to show his love for the family, Soon Tai replied: “Do you think so? Do you think he loves us that way?”