KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16, 2015:
An online plea to return the remains of a 74-year-old Singaporean man, Yap Chwee Kim, who died in Muar, Johor, to his family has been making the rounds on the Internet.
However, Facebook user Katherine Cheng, supposedly the person who started the plea, confirmed today that the issue had been resolved.
According to a posting on Cheng’s page, Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Ministry was already in contact with the Malaysian authorities and arrangements were being made to return the man home.
“We have managed to find his address and according to his neighbours he is staying alone and with no next-of-kin as Mr Yap is single,” wrote Cheng in her Facebook posting.
She said that the Singaporean ministry had been in touch with the casket company in Muar as well as the hospital where Yap’s remains were to make the necessary arrangements.
Cheng also thanked members of the public who assisted in the return efforts.
“Our job in helping Mr Yap has come to an end.
“Thank you all Singaporeans (or even those helpful non-Singaporeans) for giving out your helping hand! Wishing you best of health,” she said.
Yap was said to have died of lung infection at the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital on Aug 14, after which Cheng posted a photo of Yap’s passport on her Facebook in an attempt to locate his family members.
The online plea was also published on Singapore Straits Times today.