Soon Kai a true statesman, wonderful leader, says Lau






The late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai has been described as a true statesman who was sincere and upheld integrity during his political career.

Temenggong Datuk Vincent Lau, who hailed Soon Kai as a wonderful leader among the Chinese leaders, said politicians in Sarawak and Malaysia in general should emulate Soon Kai’s spirit.

“Tan Sri was a good leader among all the Chinese leaders. Not only was he a prominent doctor, but he was also a true statesman who had contributed tremendously to Sarawak and Malaysia.

“Of utmost importance, he (Soon Kai) was a man of principle. He was sincere and had upheld integrity. I hope to see more political leaders like him in Malaysia,” said Lau when met by reporters after paying his last respects to Soon Kai at the latter’s residence here yesterday.

Lau believed that the development of the country could be taken to greater heights had there been more devoted political leaders like Soon Kai.

“He (Soon Kai) truly served the people. He had faced challenges in the process but more importantly, he had given his best. He was conscientious about what he was doing. He’s a good example to politicians in Malaysia.

“May his soul rest in peace. He had had a purposeful life,” added Lau. Soon Kai passed away at his residence here at around 4am on Wednesday at the age of 90. He was the first Sarawakian to graduate as a surgeon in Britain in 1959. He was a deputy chief minister and third SUPP president from 1991 to 1996.

A wake will be held at the late Soon Kai’s residence at No.8, Lorong Tabuan 2, off Jalan Tabuan at 7pm today (March 24).

The en-coffin service is to take place at his residence at 8am tomorrow (March 25) followed by the funeral service at Trinity Methodist Church at Ellis Road here at 9am. The cortege will then proceed for cremation at Nirvana Memorial Park near here.

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