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Yishun orphans' family still has bulk of donations

AsiaOne | Monday, Jun 9, 2014

Mr Lim Kwang Chuan at his brother's funeral last year (right) and with some of the money the family received from people in Singapore.

Many people have been criticising online how the widow of the cleaner who died at Budget Terminal last year spent the $1 million she received in donations and insurance payouts within a year.

When the story broke yesterday, many were quick to say that she had mismanaged the money.

Lianhe Wanbao noted that it was not uncommon for the public in Singapore to donate to the families of victims of accidents and tragedies.

In its effort to find out how other beneficiaries of public donations have been doing, the Chinese daily visited the family of the four Yishun orphans yesterday.

The four children - aged three to 13 then - lost their father in February last year to a traffic accident on the Tampines Expressway. They lost their mother to cancer two months before that.

They received more than $400,000 in public donations after the accident.

Their maternal grandmother said that she is managing the money together with the children's paternal uncle, and are very careful with it.

"We withdraw $2,000 each month for living expenses, and to pay for utilities. And only took an exra $500 out during the New Year to buy new clothes for them.

"This is money from the public, we have to be accountable for it," she said.

She said that they "still have $400,000 from the donations", Wanbao reported.

She said that the children are doing well in school.

sinsh@sph.com.sg

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