Sabah quake: One year on

Baby on the way, but dad still misses late daughter

Peony was adventurous and loved the outdoors.
Peony was adventurous and loved the outdoors. ST FILE PHOTO

A year after losing their daughter Peony in the earthquake on Mount Kinabalu, Mr Alson Wee, 52, and his wife will be welcoming a new addition - a baby boy - to the family.

The boy is due on June 9, four days after the one-year anniversary of the quake.

Mr Wee, who works in shipping, is looking forward to having a son, but still misses his daughter. "I still miss hearing her cheerful voice," he said. "I miss talking to her."

Peony, named after the flower, was one of 10 Singaporeans killed in the quake last June. The Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) pupil would have been 13 this year.

Mr Wee had objected to his daughter going on the school trip.

But her mother, Madam Luo Jin, 44, had given Peony permission after the girl pleaded.

Peony was adventurous, loved the outdoors and often helped out at her mother's traditional Chinese medicine centre in her spare time.

She left behind a 15-year-old brother and a three-year-old sister.

She doted on her sister, often taking her to the playground during her free time.

Peony's aunt, Mrs May Mah, 45, said there were tough moments for the family over the past year - such as on Peony's birthday on April 30.

She makes an effort to spend more time with the family.

"I would talk to them, play with the kids and keep Peony's mother company whenever she wants to meet up," she said.

Together with the family of TKPS pupil Rachel Ho, another victim in the tragedy, the Wee family will be praying for the girls at a temple in Punggol today.

Both girls played in the school's netball team and were good friends. In death, their urns were placed side by side.

Calvin Yang

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 05, 2016, with the headline Baby on the way, but dad still misses late daughter. Subscribe