KUALA LANGAT – The father of Tan Wei, a Malaysian student who was killed in a stampede at Chen Yi Square, Shanghai in China last Thursday had to check four hospitals in the city before finding out his only daughter had died in the incident.
Tan Chin Hin sadly recalled that upon his arrival in Shanghai from Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, after he had been informed by his wife Lee Siew Yan who was holidaying in China that Tan Wei was involved in the stampede, he could not find his daughter’s name in the initial list of victims issued by the authorities in China.
“After enquiring several parties, I was told the victims were sent to four hospitals in Shanghai.
“…I went to each hospital and it was at the fourth hospital that I found my daughter in the hospital mortuary,” the Jenjarom village headman told reporters at the FGS Dong Zhen Temple in Jenjarom, near here.
Tan and his wife returned to Malaysia with the body of their daughter, a student at one of the universities in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, today.
The aircraft carrying the body arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 7pm and the body was sent to the temple 40 minutes later.
About 300 relatives and local residents received the arrival of Tan Wei’s body.
Apart from Tan Wei, Tan Chin Hin has two sons.
The body is placed at the temple until Wednesday for relatives and friends to pay their last respects before burial at the Shah Alam Nirwana Memorial Park.
In the new year celebration incident, 35 people were killed and 48 were injured.
Another Malaysian who was injured in the stampede, Ooi Hooi Yi, is still being treated at Changzheng Hospital and was reported to be recovering. – BERNAMA