By Debra Chong
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 – Teoh Beng Hock’s son was named today.
“His name is Teoh Er Jia. Beng Hock is officially listed as his father,” the baby’s aunt, Teoh Lee Lan, told The Malaysian Insider over the phone.
Lee Lan explained that her nephew’s name means “good son” when pronounced in Mandarin, but was extra special as it was also a play on words and carried another meaning when the middle and last names were reversed.
“Jia Er in Mandarin also means ‘son of the Teoh family’,” she said and added that the word “Er” alone means “brother’s wish”.
She also said that “Jia” had to be included because it was the Chinese custom for families to give their children born in the same generation a shared name.
Lee Lan registered Er Jia’s birth earlier today at the National Registration Department (NRD) in Putrajaya on behalf of the three-day-old’s mother, Soh Cher Wei.
Lee Lan said she was met there by the NRD’s director-general and the division chief of the births and deaths registration who both smoothened the process and helped her to get the birth certificate within the hour.
Soh was able to leave the hospital last evening with Er Jia and is currently resting at her family home in Batu Pahat, Johor.
Lee Lan said her family will be paying the Sohs a visit this weekend to hand them the hard-won birth certificate and spend the end of the 15-day Chinese New Year festival together.
The youngest daughter in the Teoh family, Lee Lan was effusive with thanks to the many people who have aided the family to date.
“I wish to thank the prime minister for fulfilling his promise to help… Hisham for exercising his ministerial authority, Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, Dr Wu Yit San, AG, Gobind, Kerk Kim Hock, Datuk Lu Yong Peng, government officers who have helped directly and indirectly in the process.
“Thank you to DAP for setting up the Teoh Beng Hock trust fund and everyone concerned about Cher Wei and my nephew and for contributing to the fund,” Lee Lan said, with relief flooding her voice.