Sabah quake: 100 say goodbye to quake victim Peony Wee, 12

Peony Wee Ying Ping's father showing a photo montage of Peony. Around 100 friends and relatives attended the cremation of the 12-year-old earthquake victim on Thursday. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Peony Wee Ying Ping's father showing a photo montage of Peony. Around 100 friends and relatives attended the cremation of the 12-year-old earthquake victim on Thursday. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - Around 100 friends and relatives attended the cremation of 12-year-old earthquake victim Peony Wee Ying Ping on Thursday.

The primary six pupil from Tanjong Katong Primary School died on Mount Kinabalu last Friday when the 6.0-magnitude quake struck in Sabah, Malaysia.

Nine others who were on the annual school trip were also killed. Peony's body was the first to be found and identified.

A five-day wake was held at a multi-purpose pavilion at Jalan Tiga in Mountbatten.

Peony's father, machine operator Alson Wee, 51, had described her as an active girl who played netball and enjoyed wanton noodles. She also often helped out at her mother Luo Jin's traditional medicine clinic

An emotional Ms Luo, 43, had to be supported by relatives as her daughter's coffin was rolled into a white van.

The cremation was held at the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery at Bright Hill Road. Peony's 14-year-old brother, Chester, took part in Buddhist rites before her cremation. Peony, named after China's national flower, also leaves behind a one-year-old sister, Felicia.

Also present at the monastery were TKPS principal Caroline Wu and some of the pupils who were on the Mount Kinabalu trip.