Soon Kai remembered for exemplary service

(From left) Lee, Wee, Foo and others pay their last respects to Soon Kai. – Photo by Kong Jun Liung

KUCHING: Former deputy chief minister the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai will always be remembered for his exemplary service and political contributions to SUPP, Sarawak and Malaysia.

Tourism Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said he had known Soon Kai for over three decades, during which he learned a lot from the respected Sarawakian leader.

The first Sarawakian to graduate as a surgeon in Britain in 1959, Soon Kai, was a renowned surgeon who had saved many lives before joining politics, he said.

Soon Kai was the third SUPP president from 1991 to 1996.

“On behalf of the SUPP Miri-Sibuti Parliamentary Liaison leaders and all members, I wish to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to (Datin Patinggi Dato Sri) Dr Jane Yong and her grieving family on their great loss.

“I have known Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Wong for over 30 years. He will always be remembered for his exemplary service and political contributions to SUPP, the community, the state and nation,” he said after paying his last respects at Soon Kai’s residence here yesterday.

With Lee were Commissioner of Kuching North City Commission (DBKU), Datuk Wee Hong Seng and SUPP Youth Central publicity secretary Milton Foo.

Lee who is also Assistant Minister for Land and Air Transportation and Safety described Soon Kai as a pragmatic and humble leader of integrity who led a simple life.

“He was held in high esteem and was well respected by people from all walks of life. He played a prominent role in bringing about political stability to Sarawak, especially during the Ming Court incident in 1987 when the state was facing a political crisis.

“He was one of the key leaders who convinced our party leaders and members to remain in BN Sarawak and support PBB and the then chief minister, now our Head of State (Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud),” he recalled.

Such a crucial political decision, he said, had helped restore the political stability, peace and progress of Sarawak to this day.

The kind-hearted surgeon had rendered many years of active voluntary service to the Malaysian Red Crescent Sarawak Branch.

Soon Kai had been conferred awards for his exemplary humanitarian services to the less fortunate in society, Lee said.

“Farewell, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri. May your soul be blessed to rest in eternal peace. We will always cherish your outstanding contributions to Sarawak in particular and Malaysia in general, as well as to the people of Sarawak.”

Source: The Borneo Post

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