What was she like?
Shirlene: We all called her Mak, which means mother in Malay. She was half Chinese and half Bugis, and was brought up as Malay. But physically she looked very Peranakan—in the way she dressed. She also had a wicked sense of humour and she was sharp right till the very end. She passed away last year at age 96. She lived a really long life.