Teacher’s funeral tomorrow

Teacher Chan Boon Heng, who was killed in a freak accident at his school on Sunday, will be cremated on Thursday.
His sister, Chang Chooi Choy, 50, said the family planned to bring her brother’s (left) body from his house in Taman Derga Jaya to the Siamese Temple in Padang Sera, about 30km from here, in a procession including pupils, teachers, relatives and friends.

“It is the least the family can do to honour him,” she said.

More than 100 people, including pupils from SRJK (C) Keat Hwa (K) where he taught, are expected to pay their last respects.

“He was dedicated to the profession and had contributed a lot to the school and community.”

Keat Hwa headmaster Lai Heng Hwa said the school would charter a bus for pupils wanting to attend the funeral.

“We had initially planned to cancel all lessons on Thursday but the State Education Department was against the idea. We will instead round up teachers and pupils who wish to pay their last respects,” he said.

Acting Menteri Besar Datuk Mahdzir Khalid, who visited the Chan family today, described him as an active social worker.

Chan succumbed to serious head injuries and a punctured lung after he fell through the school’s rotting wooden floorboard to the floor below.