Friday, November 28, 2008

Singaporean (Lo Hoei Yen) killed in Mumbai terror attack

Lo-Hoei-Yen-Singaporean-hostage-MumbaiNews just came in that the only Singaporean hostage was killed in the Mumbai terror attacks.

Apparently, she was in the Oberoi Hotel for a business seminar when the militants stormed the building. Lo Hoei Yen, 28, is survived by her husband, Michael Puhaindran, who has flown into Mumbai to identify her body.

She is apparently the first Singaporean to be be killed in a terror attack. Unconfirmed reports stated that the militants relayed a message to the Singapore embassy telling the Indian authorities not to storm the building. It was not clear whether she was killed before or after the Indian forces stormed the building.

Though I do not know her personally, I cannot help but feel a great sense of loss as there are really not that many Singaporeans around (less than 2 million citizens) to begin with. With all of us squeezed together in that tiny island that we call home, Singapore is really just a crowded village.

Regardless of the militants' initial rationale for the attacks, they have succeeded in alienating the nations which citizens were injured, maimed or killed in their attacks. Other the other hand, nations which persecute minorities in the name of race, religion or even nationality, should understand the extent of the consequences that their actions can result in.

My sympathies goes out to Ms. Lo's family and all those who are victimized in the Mumbai attacks.

Author's note:
the correct current population figure stands at just over 3.3 million (inclusive of overseas citizens).

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17 comments:

SheR. said...

What a pity. Condolences to the family too.

Anonymous said...

condolences to her and her family.

erm i think you may have your facts wrong about the number of people in singapore, theres about 4million, nearly 5million of us on the island, and the government wants to increase this to 6million by 2010.

just so you know.

Thomas said...

That is awful.

C K said...

@Anonymous,
You are correct in pointing out that there are nearly 5 million people in Singapore. A sizable portion of them are foreign employees while many are Permanent Residents. In the previous General Election, less than 2 million are voters. That's where I arrive at the numbers.

Please correct me if I'm mistaken.

Anonymous said...

U r Wrong Again,,?
The Other 3 Millions r Not Ready to Vote as teenagers & babies..!!!

C K said...

@SheR and Thomas,
It does come as a shock, to me at least. As Channel News Asia has pointed out, the Indian media reported earlier that Hoei Yen was singled out and told to relay the message to S'pore's MFA imploring Indian govt to hold off the attacks...

Though I understand that we should not give in to the militants' demands (not that S'pore govt has got any influence on the Indian govt), I shudder to think about what actually happened in the hotel.


@Anonymous,
Thanks again. I've look up the Stats Board and has confirmed that there are just over 3.2 million citizens (plus 150k who are based overseas). The rest are non-citizens.

I will make the change in my post. Thanks for pointing out the error in the population figures.

Martin in Bulgaria said...

Sympathies to Lo and her family along with all the other victims involved.

The wave of terrorism spreads as now it has now it has taken on and affected a member of your own homeland for the first time.

Another Nation that now has to decide whether they take vengence or just stay passive and suffer. What a shame.

EastCoastLife said...

Condolences to the family.

I just came back from a trip. It's so sad to hear chaos and deaths at such times.

Deb said...

We were at breakfast in Jerusalem on thur morning when we heard about Mumbai. We couldnt help but look around nervously cos Jerusalem is a regular hotbed for this sort of thing, but thank God it was as peaceful as can be. Did not even notice any heightened security, and we walked around the old city that morning.

kyh said...

How sad! I just read about her news where she was told to convey a message to the Mumbai authorities and now she's dead! *sigh*

And from wiki,

"According to government statistics, the population of Singapore as of 2008 was 4.84 million, of whom 3.64 million were Singaporean citizens and permanent residents (termed "Singapore Residents"). Various Chinese ethnic groups formed 75.2% of Singapore's residents, Malays 13.6%, Indians 8.8%, while Eurasians and other groups formed 2.4%."

Dutchie said...

Those terrorists r a bunch of losers with no goals in their lives, except being the puppets of some pea-brained ring-leader ... taking a precious innocent life of a brilliant mind who could contribute so much to Sg's society.
That makes me sooo sad !

xiaocangshu said...

I am at a loss for words. My condolences. Hope everyone else here stays safe.

iWalk said...

Always feel sad to hear such news. :(

Jacqueline said...

How sad. Sorry to hear this news. My prayers are for her family and everyone who's heart aches because of this loss.

Cashmere said...

Shocking news indeed...
We need peace in this world.
All of this might be able to create wars and that is the last thing to do.. The increment of the natural disasters happening around the world is not enough??

Ori said...

Very sad. I read she'd just got married last year.

asmaliana said...

It must be terrified when place that we thinks the most safe place, imagine a 6 star hotel suddenly being bombarded blindly by this militants. Glad that our nation is still the safe place.

Condolences to the family...