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    Mar 24, 2014

    Quiet send-off for murdered socialite

    SOCIALITE, philanthropist and porcelain artist Nancy Gan received a quiet and dignified send-off by friends and relatives yesterday.

    The 69-year-old was found dead in the swimming pool of her upscale Victoria Park Road bungalow in Bukit Timah last Wednesday, dressed in her pyjamas and with head injuries.

    About 40 people turned up at Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium to pay their last respects, including son Victor Lim and daughter Sharon Lim, a doctor who lives and works in London.

    When approached at her wake at Mount Vernon Sanctuary funeral home yesterday, family members declined to speak to the media.

    "This is a private event. Please respect the family's wishes", said Mr Lim, who lived with his mother and was described as the "apple of her eye". He is believed to have been overseas on a work trip when the incident happened.

    Madam Gan's 23-year-old Indonesian maid, Dewi Sukowati, who had been employed by Ms Gan for only nine days, has since been charged with murder.

    The accomplished pianist was the oldest of eight children, and all her siblings attended her wake. Also among those who attended was her second husband, Mr Hilton Cheong-Leen, a former Hong Kong politician.

    Madam Gan's family had reportedly never met the maid who is from Pati, a village in Central Java.

    The maid has been remanded at the Changi Women's Prison for three weeks. She is being represented by lawyer Mohamed Muzammil, who was instructed by the Indonesian Embassy here.