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MCA man loses mother, wife, and 2 children in fire

 | November 15, 2017

Tanjung MCA youth leader Lim Swee Bok, whose father had died just last week, was at work in a factory when fire ravaged his Cecil Street Ghaut house.


Penang CM Lim Guan Eng and state exco Phee Boon Poh consoling Tanjung MCA division youth chief Lim Swee Bok.

GEORGE TOWN: A MCA leader lost his family after his terrace house in Cecil Street Ghaut caught fire earlier this morning.

Tanjung MCA division youth chief Lim Swee Bok’s mother, wife and two young children perished in the 6am fire. He was away at work.


Penang MCA chairman Tan Teik Cheng (right, in striped shirt) consoling Lim.

The deceased were identified as Lau Sai Poh, 62, Chen Yen, 35, Yin Chun, 9, and Jia Yiin, 8.

Lim had just lost his father, who had died last week.


During happier times: Lim with wife Chen Yen and children Yin Chun and Jia Yiin at Cameron Highlands.

Northeast district police chief ACP Anuar Omar said the fire was under control in about 30 minutes and did not spread to neighbouring houses.

Penang Fire and Rescue Department officials said 60% of the house had been destroyed and that the fire started on the ground floor.


Relatives and friends were seen wailing outside Lim’s house as firemen came out with stretchers and bodybags from the razed home.

The department spokesperson said two adults and a child were found on the ground floor while another child was found on the first floor of the house.

Six fire engines and 20 firemen put out the fire at 7.10am.


Despite his father’s death, Lim was reported to have been helping out with flood relief.

A blogger who goes by the name Lim Sian See said Swee Bok was a selfless man and had been helping with flood relief for the past two weeks.

He said Swee Bok was a factory worker and was on the midnight shift when the fire occurred.

“…after his father’s funeral, he was still helping out in flood relief and distributing flood aid to victims.

“He is an ordinary hero faced with over-whelming tragedy and challenges where his life has been turned upside down,” Lim said in a Facebook posting.


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