M'sian man's obituary includes phone number of 'still single' son

The tiny detail was to honour the late father's sense of humour.

Belmont Lay | May 15, 2019, 05:24 PM

A 71-year-old Malaysian man passed away on May 11, 2019 leaving behind his wife, four children and eight grandchildren.

And an inside joke.

Obituary detail

The deceased man, Chan Kok Choi, had a full-page obituary published in a newspaper on May 12, a day before his wake was held at the Xiao En Centre in Cheras.


And the family members tasked with putting up the obituary decided to honour their late loved one with an inside joke -- asking for a potential wife for his single son.

Under the name of the only son, Heng Joon, were the words "still single", accompanied by a mobile phone number:

Sense of humour

Heng Joon, 32, said his elder siblings included his relationship status in the obituary to honour their father's "great sense of humour".

via Heng Joon

via Heng Joon

"He would (have) loved that," he told a Malaysian website.

Heng Joon said his ongoing search for a wife has been a topic that the rest of the family knows about.

"I have three married elder sisters. After getting all their kids, husbands and in-laws’ names in the obituary, there was my name – all by itself," Heng Joon said.

"Since it was a full-page ad going out, they thought it would be quirky to include (my details)."


Heng Joon said that friends and family gathered for his father's memorial on Tuesday and listened to his favourite songs.

Heng Joon's dad

Heng Joon said: "All our relatives showed up and shared with us little-known details about my dad."

"He had all the diseases and ailments in the world, (but) never once complained. He's still nicknamed 'sunshine' by his friends."

"The most generous and kind man."

Heng Joon is reportedly still single.

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