S'porean Man Dies Alone in Rented Room, Friends In Search for His Next of Kin
"The police is not releasing his body to me till they exhaust all means to locate his [next of kin] or relatives," wrote Ng.
Whether the pandemic or not, it is considered a blessing to have loved ones by our side to enjoy the good, as well as weather through tough times together.
Some might not be as fortunate, just like David Lim who recently passed away at his rented room alone.
A Family Friend Who Had Passed On
Referring to the deceased as ‘Uncle David’, Alvin Ng recounts in a Facebook post (15 Aug) that Lim was a close family friend to his family.
Although Ng and Lim are not related by blood, Ng shared that his Uncle David had taken care of him for around 20 years, since he was just a young boy.
Now that his uncle has passed on, Ng wants to return the favour.
“For this final part of your journey, let me take care of you properly and send you on your way..,” Ng wrote in remembrance of his uncle.
“It’s never enough to repay or make it up to all the kindness and dotings you have shown and given to me for the past 20 odd years..”
He added: “If we believe in reincarnation, let me be the senior one to take care of you in the next life for 20 odd years.”
Appeal To Locate Next-of-kin or Relatives
According to reports, Ng and his family planned to arrange a simple wake for Uncle David and cremate his body after retrieving it from the morgue. They also intended to scatter his ashes into the sea afterwards.
However, not all is said to be confirmed.
According to Ng’s post, the family currently faces the challenge of retrieving Uncle David’s body from the morgue. He wrote that the police will not release his uncle’s body until they exhaust all means to locate his next of kin (NOK) or relatives.
Until they are found, Uncle David’s body will remain in the morgue.
Noting that his uncle had no NOK or relatives by his side as they had lost contact for a long time ago, locating them appears to be an uphill task.
As such, Ng is urgently appealing for the public’s help to share his post, and that by doing so it will hopefully reach a NOK or relative of his uncle.
He states that he would appreciate that his uncle’s NOK or relative would get in touch with him even if they “are not inclined to be involved” in the final send-off.
Ng also said that those who know of his uncle or any information can send him a personal message through Facebook.
You can view Ng’s full post here: