During the Qing Ming or Cheng Beng, I collected two telephone contacts and passed to my mother. She contacted a funeral contractor or undertaker by the name of Ah Lam. From there, the “project” got under way and then within a period of 1 month or so, the cycle of events described above of the “Picking the Gold” ceremony was successfully completed.
On 9th of May, 2012 my mother, Mdm Tea Siew Yam and myself set out to Sungai Patani or Petani main town centre. There, we met up with Ah Lam for the main purpose of making a Police Report about the intention of digging up the two graves of my grandfather and granduncle.My mother made the Police Report and we went over to the Sungai Petani Chinese Association which manages the graveyard. A monetary deposit of RM2,000.00 per grave is to be made to ensure that after the digging of these graves, the area is levelled and kept clean of any cement remnants of the pre-existing graves.The actual cost agreed with the undertaker was at RM4,000.00 per deceased thus making a total cost of RM8,000.00 for the two graves. After making the cash deposits with the Association we drove to the Sungai Patani Thai Buddhist Temple to purchase two yellow porcelain urns from Thailand to store the remains and ashes of our Grandfather and Granduncle after the anticipated cremation. After the paperwork and purchase of the urns were completed, we left for Penang and went straight to Wat Chaiya Mangalaram Thai Buddhist Temple. This is the time to purchase the niches for two of the deceased. The cost was RM4,500.00 per niche and it reminded me sadly of the task when I had to purchase for my dear departed wife in 2010. I did purchase one niche for myself too and my Grandfather’s niche shall be directly above mine.
To be continued to Part 3
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