Monday, December 01, 2008

At the Wake of Singapore's First Terror Victim - WS


On Sunday night, my husband and I accompanied the Adviser to Marine Parade GRC, MP Lim Biow Chuan to the wake of Ms Lo Hwei Yen.

Ms Lo, a 28-year old lawyer, was among the 24 Oberoi Hotel hostages found dead in the Mumbai terror attack. The first Singaporean to die in a terrorist attack, she was shot in the head and abdomen.

Ms Lo was the daughter-in-law of Mr Stanley Puhaindran, a well-known and respected grassroots leader in Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong's Marine Parade ward. SM Goh visited Mr Puhaindran as soon as he learnt about Ms Lo's death. SM Goh was at Ms Lo's wedding last year. She had just celebrated her first wedding anniversary.

President S R Nathan and PM Lee Hsien Loong send their condolences to the bereaved family.

Ms Lo's body was flown back on Sunday evening. At the wake, which is held at the Lo's family home, a large projector showed photos of Ms Lo in happier times. She was a pretty and lively girl. Ms Lo's funeral will be held on Thursday.

Her death shocked the nation. It brings home to all of us that Terrorism knows no boundaries. It could happen to any one of us, anywhere.

All Singaporeans share the family's pain. May Hwei Yen rest in peace.






48 comments:

  1. such a sad thing, this beautiful young life snuffed out for nothing. The world needs to wake up and understand the people we must learn to deal with, on their terms.....

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  2. Oh how sad for this young woman's family, and for all of you in Singapore. For all of us, really, as this young woman's death. It reminds me of John Donne's poem, For Whom The Bell Tolls:

    "...Each man's death diminishes me,
    For I am involved in mankind."

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    I'm going to blog about this.

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  3. OMG. That's incredible. Singapore has lost its innocence.

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  4. That's horrible. I read from Channel News Asia that she was coerced into relaying the militants' message to S'pore MFA before being shot. Not sure whether that's true.

    The last moment must have been terrifying....

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  5. I feel sorry to hear this.
    R.I.P may Hwei Yen

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  6. it is really sad that Singapore has lost Hwei Yen, a bright and lovely girl of our island.

    The scourge of terrorism must be eradicated! What has happened to Hwei Yen could happen to any one of us.Terrorism knows no logic, knows no mercy!

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  7. It's very sad. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of Ms Lo Hwei Yen. Just could not imagine how she had to endure fear and terror moments before her life was snuffed out.

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  8. We heard it on the news in Norway too - what a tragedy.

    This post was a nice contribution to remember the victims.

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  9. My condolences to her love ones and all those victims of terrorism. We Malaysians too lost a soul in Hema Kasipillay.

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  10. A sad and a awful thing to happen in India.
    It such a waste to have that much hate, brain washing, and miss understanding about others that one resort to act of terrorism.

    Coffee is on.

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  11. R.I.P to Ms Lo Hwei Yen, what a sad to lose a talented and pretty lady. ;(

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  12. Sad...life is too vulnerable.
    A young lady with so much life ahead of her, yet taken away from her by the hands of heartless terrorist :(

    p/s: Walk the whole of Ubin, I'll lie straight striaght!! :P

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  13. that was really sad, and this is the second entry I found remembering a Terrorist victom. may her soul rest in peace.

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  14. I am extremely sorry and sad, she died due to mindless attack by the terrorists in Mumbai. May God give strength to her family members to bear this loss. I am choking for the right words.

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  15. Oh my it was a terrible thing. And this is so sad. she was so young. Please know that I posted a prayer for what was happening on my Scenic Sunday.

    Oh my somehow we must get back control from these madmen who think they are doing the right thing with these awful acts of terrorism.

    I hope you have a good week ECL...I shall remember this young woman and her face for quite a while now.

    I shall also keep her family and loved ones in my prayers.

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  16. that's so sad. she's a very pretty woman, may she rest in peace.

    take care ecl

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  17. This is sad. Young and beautiful at the prime of her life. May her family find peace in their hearts and be strong to all that has happened.

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  18. Saddened to hear abt the news. She is still so young ... Life is just so vulnerable !! May she rest in peace !!

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  19. ECL,
    This is very sad... May she rest in peace. My condolences to her family...

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  20. condolences aside, from what I've read from the news, I believed she had lived a great life! :)

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  21. This is exceedingly deplorable.

    Innocent people have nothing whatsoever with the cause of these diabolical insurgents/terrorists and innocent lives are being used as gambits for their vile intent.

    My heartfelt condolences to the bereaving family of Ms. Lo.

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  22. That is so sad. I feel so for the young life cut short through a senseless act.

    You asked about the berries in my shot and they are edible for birds but not sure about humans.

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  23. Hi ECL, I share your grief in having to face this terrible tragedy, just doesn't make sense that it had to happen. Enough oredi la, why must we continue with this senseless killing? :(:(:(

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  24. This is sad :) yes, terrorism knows no boundaries.

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  25. Oops,sorry about the emoticon, that should have been :(

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  26. I was so sad and shocked when I heard the news. Poor thing.. so young, so pretty.

    May she rest in peace...

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  27. how utterly sad! my deepest condolence to her family. may her soul rest in peace.

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  28. Mumbai is a city of love and affection. It's a practice in india to treat like guests like "deva" (Godly)..It is sad that the splendid girl from s'pore fell to evil men's bullets..how to make these fanatics understand they r destroying the world? can only pray for peace, peace, peace.

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  29. The news from Mumbai has been such a terrible shock. Senseless.

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  30. My condolences to the family and to Singapore for losing such aa pretty lady. May her soul rest in peace.

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  31. One Malaysian citizen died too in this terror attacks. It's a irresponsible and inhuman thing to do to others. I hope they will do something to the terrorist! Our world doesn't need them!

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  32. Sorry to hear this very sad news. As usual, when terrorists attack, it's always innocent victims who suffer!

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  33. My prayers go out to the families,this was so tragic.

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  34. oh my ... terrorism really has no boundaries. so sad ... :(

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  35. this is really sad. poor india as it gets another hit. india does not deserve this. i can see how the people of india welcome the tourists to their country.

    we will pray for ms lo's soul. may she and the rest of the victims find peace.

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  36. This is really sad and a terrible shock to the world. i grieve for her family.

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  37. My heart goes out to her, her family and all the victims of the terrorist attack in Mumbai.

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  38. Sad and devastating, ECL, how terrible...

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  39. Such a senseless end to a young life. My best wishes are with her loved ones, and all those who fall to the brutality and cowardice of terrorism the world over.

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  40. this is so sad. will there ever be an end to terrorist attacks? i pray and hope so. :(

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  41. not only is horrible..its deplorable. its so sad that so many innocent people's lives were wasted..my condolences to her family and to all those who lost loved ones.

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