16 September 2009


16 September 2009, 11pm

Tragic Accident in Ladakh, India – Latest Updates
Body of Missing Victim Found –
Sis Jennie Cheong to be laid to rest this Saturday

Dear friends,

It is with much regret that we bring you the latest updates regarding the tragic incident in Ladakh involving our missing friend – Sis Jennie Cheong. After three weeks of extensive search by the Indian police, army personnel and the local people of Ladakh, the body of Sis Jennie Cheong was finally found on Tuesday, 15 September. Her remains were found several kilometers downstream from the site of the tragic accident, still submerged in the icy water of the fast-flowing Indus River.

Sis Jennie is the fourth casualty from that tragedy that struck the Malaysian group traveling to the remote far north of Kashmir to support and participate in charity projects, initiated by the Ladakhi Maha Bodhi Society. That region is a popular focal point for Malaysian devotees and volunteers, who no doubt have brought a lot of resources into the impoverished place. Sis Jennie herself was among those who have contributed significantly to the building of educational facilities there. Her passing has not only shocked us in Malaysia, but is also mourned deeply by the people of Ladakh.

Sis Jennie’s remains will be brought back from Delhi tonight on a Malaysia Airlines flight, scheduled to arrive at KLIA at 6.55am, Thursday, 17 September. She will be received by her family members and Bro. Charlie Chia. From Nalanda, Bro. Tan Ho Soon and Mr. Ee Kim Swee (President) will also be at the airport to render assistance.

Her body will be sent to Nirvana Memorial Centre in Sungai Besi. The wake and funeral arrangements are as follows:

Funeral Arrangements :

The wake will be held on Thursday and Friday (17 and 18 September), starting 6pm, at Nirvana Memorial Centre, No.1, Jalan 1/116A, Off Jalan Sungai Besi, 57100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel : 03-7981 8899

The funeral is scheduled on 19th September 2009, Saturday.
Cortege is expected to leave Nirvana Memorial Centre in the morning to the Shah Alam Crematorium. Paying of last respects starts at 8.30am this Saturday.

Sis Jennie had participated actively in many of Nalanda’s activities this year. She was also a registered student of Nalanda Institute for the six-month Certificate in Buddhist Studies course. In class, she was friendly and easy-going, thus very well-liked by everyone. She was also extremely generous in helping charitable causes, especially those involving Buddhist education. Her demise is definitely a great loss to the entire Buddhist community, and certainly, to her loving family.

On behalf of Nalanda Buddhist Society, Nalanda Institute and all our members and devotees, we wish to convey our deepest condolence to the husband, children and relatives of the late Sis Jennie Cheong Swee Chun. May they find strength in the Dharma in this hour of need.

We also invite the Buddhist community to spare a thought of kindness and compassion for them, and extend our prayers to Sis Jennie and her bereaved family. May they find peace.


Bro. Aggavamsa Wong
Nalanda Buddhist Society

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