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MH17 Victims’ Funeral: Baby Benjamin Reunited With Mother After 16 Days

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KUALA LUMPUR: Mother and son were finally reunited when one-year-old Benjamin Lee Jian Han’s remains arrived at the Xiao En Bereavement Centre here 16 days after his mother, Ng Shi Ing, 33 was brought back in the second batch of MH17 victims.

Three members of this family were killed when MH17 was believed to be shot down by rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The remains of Ng and her sister Elisabeth Ng Lye Ti, 30 had already been kept at the centre, awaiting Benjamin’s remains before the three of them would be brought back to their hometown of Muar.

Benjamin’s father, Lt Commander Lee Vee Weng, a Royal Malaysian Navy officer based in Kota Kinabalu, carried the casket containing the urn of ashes from the hearse to the upper level of the centre.

He was accompanied by family, friends, Royal Malaysian Army and Royal Malaysian Navy officers.

As soon as the hearse carrying Benjamin’s casket arrived, all family members proceeded to the second floor of the centre.

The centre’s officials who represented the family informed the members of the press present that the family requested for privacy as they performed final rites for Benjamin.

“I would like to thank the government for their efforts in bringing my family home and my family members who have been supporting me through these trying times.” Lee said to members of the press.

The remains of Benjamin would be kept at the centre for two days for Buddhist prayer rites and rituals to be performed.

They would then head to Muar, along with the remains of Ng and Elisabeth, to be kept at their hometown.MYNEWSHUB/NST

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