Bangkok blast: Malaysian woman who survived, but lost husband and daughter, still in shock

BUTTERWORTH (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Still dazed and in shock, Bangkok Erawan Shrine bombing survivor Neoh Ee Ling, who is five months' pregnant, could not bring herself to be present for the arrival of the bodies of her husband and daughter.

The bodies of her husband Lee Tze Siang, 35, and four-year-old daughter Jiang Xuan arrived at their home at Taman Cengal in Butterworth, Penang at about 1.50am yesterday.

Mr Lee's brother Tze Dung, 31, said Ms Neoh, 33, was still distraught following the deaths of her husband, daughter, mother Lim Saw Gek, 49, and brother Jai Jun, 20, all in one day.

Ms Neoh's father Neoh Hock Guan, 55, survived with minor injuries.

Mr Lee Tze Dung said Ms Neoh also sustained injuries in her ear in the blast and is still having hearing difficulties.

He said Ms Neoh had told him that the family was praying at the shrine before a loud explosion took place.

"Ee Ling was rushed to a hospital in Bangkok and she only managed to find her father and not the others," Mr Lee said at the house yesterday.

He said he was working in Hatyai when the blast occurred, and took a flight to Bangkok to look for his relatives at the hospital.

Mr Lee said he identified his brother's body and that of Jing Xuan at the hospital as Ms Neoh was too distraught to do so.

Mr Lee and Ms Neoh accompanied their caskets on the flight from Bangkok to Penang.

Seen waiting at the house was Jing Xuan's six-year-old brother Jian Han, Mr Lee's 61-year-old father Tiang Heng, family members and close friends.

Mr Lee said his nephew Jian Han was still confused and puzzled about was going on around him.

"He keeps asking for his father and sister, but we try to distract him," he said, adding that Jian Han would take part in the last rites for his father and sister.

The father and daughter would be cremated at the Berapit Crematorium today. The cortege will leave the house at 10am.

Gerakan president and Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mah Siew Keong visited the victims' families yesterday.

Datuk Mah, who also visited the victims' house in Taman Dedap, handed over RM1,000 (S$342) each to the families of the bomb blast victims.