PETALING JAYA: “Father, let’s go home,” said Lum Ker Sin, daughter of Lum See Seng, 63, who was killed in a tour bus accident in Thailand on Sunday, upon the arrival of her father’s remains at the Subang military airbase early today.
Ker Sin, 23, was among the next-of-kin of the 13 Malaysians killed in the tragic accident who were flown to Chiang Mai to identify the bodies before being brought home in a Hercules C-130 aircraft of the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
A Royal Thai Air Force C-130 aircraft also arrived at about the same time, at 3.30am, with the remains of the 13 Malaysians killed in the tragedy.
The repatriation of the remains was initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“I have instructed our C-130 aircraft to be dispatched there to bring home the remains of Malaysians who were killed in an accident in Chiang Mai,” Najib had said in a Facebook post on Monday.
When the caskets were being taken to the waiting hearses from the aircraft, Ker Sin was seen holding onto one of the caskets and heard addressing her late father in Mandarin: “Father, we have arrived in Malaysia. Let’s go home to Batu
The remains of her father, who was herbal tea seller, would be cremated Ker Sin said when approached by reporters.
Besides the 13 remains, one of the nine injured passengers, Mdm Lee Siew Kim, 61, and the next-of-kin were also flown home.
They were received by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Mah Siew Keong and Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
Mah, who is also the Gerakan president, said they were ready to help the victims’ next-of-kin in terms of transportation and counselling.
“We will work with MCA in providing counselling services to the victims and their family members who are still traumatised by the incident,” he said.
The bus, ferrying 22 Malaysians from Johor, crashed after a collision with a pickup truck at 11.30am (12.30pm in Malaysia) enroute to Chiang Mai from Chiang Rai.
The eight other injured Malaysians, five of whom were severely injured, are being treated at a hospital in Chiang Mai. – BERNAMA