Former Sarawak deputy chief minister and ex-Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president, Wong Soon Kai, passed away this morning.
He was 90.
Wong, who had served as deputy chief minister between 1994 and 1996, passed away at his residence in Jalan Tabuan here about 4am.
His demise was announced by SUPP president Sim Kui Hian on his official Facebook account today.
Sim conveyed condolences on behalf of SUPP to Wong’s widow, Jane Yong, his three children and grandchildren.
“He was a medical colleague, a great gentleman, a mentor, an inspiring leader and a statesman who dedicated his whole life to his fellow countrymen.
“It is truly a great loss to our homeland Sarawak and our country. May his soul rest in peace,” said Sim, currently Sarawak local government minister.
Wong was the first Sarawakian to graduate with Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS), a professional qualification to practise as a senior surgeon, from the United Kingdom.
He served as a government doctor and in private practice for almost 20 years before venturing into politics in 1974.
After his retirement from politics, he served as science advisor to the state government from 1997.