Abang Johari: Sarawak has lost good leader with death of Wong Kee Yew

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg (centre) attending the wake service at the Nirvana Memorial Park in Sibu today. (Facebook pic)

SIBU: Sarawak, particularly Sibu, lost a good leader with the death of former Sibu Municipal Council deputy chairman Andrew Wong Kee Yew.

Describing him as an exemplary young man who had energy and vision, Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said Kee Yew had really wanted to modernise society without losing the cultural heritage they had.

“He was deeply concerned about the future of the state, particularly about Sibu’s development.

“I had a discussion with him on the direction Sibu should take in terms of services and the economy,” said Abang Johari.

Andrew Wong Kee Yew.

He said Kee Yew wanted to develop Sibu together with its hinterland, the Rajang River.

The chief minister attended the wake service at the Nirvana Memorial Park here. A few thousand people paid their last respects to the only son of Second Finance Minister Wong Soon Koh.

Just before his death on Sunday, Kee Yew had gone to visit a longhouse in Nanga Tutus, Batang Igan, to meet the people despite the ongoing Chinese New Year celebration.

“That shows his concern and efforts in transforming what he had in mind.

“The young generation should take a cue from what he has done,” said Abang Johari, who also described Kee Yew as a hardworking and humble person.

Abang Johari said Kee Yew had contributed a lot to society by initiating the setting up of the Kolej Laila Taib and University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) here.

Apart from Abang Johari and a few state cabinet ministers from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), the service was attended by representatives from DAP.

Kee Yew contested in the 14th general election in May last year as the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Sibu parliamentary seat.

He polled 22,389 votes but lost to incumbent Oscar Ling of DAP who polled 33,811 votes in the four-cornered contest.

His body will be cremated at the memorial park tomorrow at 8am.