Published: Tuesday January 29, 2013 MYT 2:13:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 29, 2013 MYT 4:14:14 PM
Remains of Algerian hostage crisis victim buried Tuesday morning
PORT DICKSON: Tan Ping Wee, the second Malaysian who was killed in the Algerian hostage crisis at the gas facility complex in In Amenas, Algeria, was laid to rest at the Fairy Park Memorial in Sendayan on Tuesday.
A family member said Tan's body arrived at his house at 2am Tuesday morning.
Family members, relatives and friends had started gathering last night.
The funeral procession started from Taman Bukit Samudra at 11am and headed to Fairy Park for burial.
Also in attendance was Negeri Sembilan MCA chairman Datuk Dr. Yeow Chai Thiam.
Tan leaves behind wife Koh Siow Mun and a 16-year-old son.
In IPOH, the remains of Chong Chung Ngen, the other Malaysian killed in the crisis, would be cremated at the Kok Lek Seah Crematorium in Bercham on Wednesday.
Chong's brother, Michael Chong, 52, said family members would come together for a candlelight vigil throughout the night before proceeding to the St Michael Church in Jalan Gereja for a funeral mass at 2.30pm.
"The remains of Chong arrived here at about 5am after leaving the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang at about 2pm. His wife and children were here when the body arrived," he said when met at the St Michael Church here.
His remains were placed at a hall in the church for family members and friends to pay their last respects.
Chong's wife Karen Tham Yoke Hing, 54, and their daughter Rachel Chong, 21, a student at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, were calm when family members and friends came by to pay their last respects.
Tan and Chong were among 130 staff from various countries, including five Malaysians, held hostage by a militant group at In Amenas gas facility in Algeria on Jan 16.
The action was believed to be in retaliation against the Algerian government for allowing French fighter jets into its airspace to quell Muslim militants in Mali.
The other Malaysians - K. Ravi, Lau Seek Chiang and Patrick Purait Awang - have since returned home safely.