Birthday cake becomes offering for dead teacher

TEACHER Chan Boon Heng’s family had bought a fruit cake to celebrate his 43rd birthday yesterday.

But Chan died in the freak mishap early Sunday.

The birthday cake was instead turned into an offering for the late Chan at his house in Taman Derga Jaya, Alor Star, yesterday.

The offering was made by Chan’s wife Ooi Lee Keng, 40, and the couple’s two children, Huan Xun, eight, and Huan Wei, four.

Ooi said she had been married to Chan for 10 years, add-ing that her husband was passionate about his work.

“I hope that the Government will remember the contribution made by my husband,” said Ooi, a teacher at SJK (C) Soon Cheng, Bukit Pinang.

Chan will be cremated at Wat Boonyaram Buddhist Tem-ple, Padang Sera in Jitra on Thursday.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Hon Choon Kim handed RM5,000 to Chan’s family. It was a personal donation from MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.

MCA secretary-general Da-tuk Ong Ka Chuan said the party would meet today to discuss the school’s plans for a new building.

Earlier Ka Chuan, Hon, Kedah Education Committee chairman Datuk Azimi Daim, state Education Department director Datuk Abdul Rahman Yop paid their last respects to Boon Heng.

Abdul Rahman handed RM1,500 to the family for funeral expenses.