It is one thing to mourn for the loss of your daughter, but quite another to be unable to see her for one last time.
The parents of the 22-year-old Malaysian who died in Singapore are unable to come to see their daughter off due to the pandemic.
Last Rites Overseen by Aunt; Ashes to be Brought Back to Kedah
Khoo Yee Joo is remembered by a 59-year-old father, 50-year-old mother, and an elder sister, according to a Malaysian news publication.
Her last rites in Singapore are overseen by her aunt, who she lived with in Toa Payoh before her death.
Her body will be cremated and then taken to a relative in Johor Bahru. They will then bring the ashes to Khoo’s elder sister who works in Kuala Lumpur, who will ultimately bring it back to Kedah, their hometown.
Tuition Centre She Worked At Took Care of Funeral Expenses
Khoo’s father said that she had graduated from the University of Malaya and was employed by a Singapore student care centre in August 2021 after an online interview process.
She arrived in Singapore by September 2021, and taught Chinese to children aged three to eight. The owner of the tuition centre took care of the funeral expenses.
Went to Api Api River for the First Time A Few Days Before Going Missing
Khoo’s mother said that her daughter would usually go to the mall with friends, and went to the river for the first time on 13 January. She did not know the reason why her daughter went there with her friends.
Contact was lost with Khoo on 16 January evening and her body was discovered on 18 January evening. Preliminary investigations ruled out the possibility of homicide or foul play.
Sister’s Instagram Post Mourning Loss: “Chosen To End Her Pain In Her Own Way”
Following the confirmation of Khoo’s death, her sister posted a message in Chinese to mourn her loss.
A translation of the caption was put up on Facebook:
One commenter, Tay Siew Ting, also clarified a mistranslation in the post:
Although the police had not confirmed if it was a case of suicide, her sister’s caption suggests that Khoo might have chosen to end her life due to the distress she was experiencing.
We extend our sincere condolences to the Khoo and Huang family for the loss of their daughter and niece.
Help hotlines and resources:
- Institute of Mental Health’s Mental Health Helpline: 6389-2222 (24 hours)
- Samaritans of Singapore: 1800-221-4444 (24 hours) /1-767 (24 hours)
- Singapore Association for Mental Health:1800-283-7019
- Silver Ribbon Singapore:6386-1928
- Tinkle Friend: 1800-274-4788 and www.tinklefriend.sg
- Community Health Assessment Team: 6493-6500 and www.chat.mentalhealth.sg
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