55-year-old Neoh Hock Guan, a pastry business owner, departed last Saturday on a train with his family from Butterworth Penang to Hua Hin and Bangkok, and were at Erawan Shrine last evening to pay their homage to the deity.
They were her sister Saw Gek, 49, nephew Neoh Jai Jun, 20, Saw Gek’s son-in-law Lee Tze Siang, 35 and his daughter Lee Jing Xuan, 4.
“All the family members are distraught”, Lim, a businessman, said in a phone interview from Penang.
The bodies of four Malaysians killed in Monday’s bomb blast in Bangkok arrived in Penang late on Wednesday (Aug 19) night.
A large number of Malaysians have taken to social media to express sympathy with those affected by the Bangkok bomb blast.
Ms Lim’s son Neoh Kah Loon, 26, her daughter Neoh Huey Shinn, 31 and husband Hock Guan who survived the bomb explosion later joined in the funeral prayers.
Over 100 people, comprising family members, relatives and friends of Siew Gaik and her husband Neoh Hock Guan, began gathering at the compound of their house since 11 pm.
His wife, Teo Khaei Ling, 27, told Bernama they would go back tomorrow after Tan was discharged.
Jai Jun was killed in the blast, and So See is presumed dead. Of the seven family members in the shrine on Monday evening, only he and his pregnant daughter survived.
The explosion on Monday took place at about 7pm (8pm Malaysian time) at the Ratchaprasong junction near the Erawan Shrine and shopping centres in Bangkok.
Mr Neoh, however, told the Malay Mail he is still in a state of disbelief.
Many said: “It could have been me”. “I felt pretty scared, my eyes were darting here and there and heart was beating fast”, said the 26-year-old IT specialist. Kuih is the Malay word for cake.
Earlier, at around 10.10pm, some 20 family members entered the cargo terminal to await the plane’s arrival. His mother-in-law Tan Kim Siok received a minor injury on her forehead in the incident.
The boy’s grandfather, Lee Ting Hiang, 61, told local media that Jian Hen has become reserved and moody since the tragedy.
Yet police said they still did not know if he was Thai or foreign and, with no-one yet claiming responsibility, mystery remained over the motive behind the bombing which has no precedent in the kingdom.
“He keeps on asking why his father’s photographs are all over the newspapers, but we have yet to tell him”. “This is the hardest thing I have to do in my life – breaking the news of my son’s death to his son”.