KUCHING: Former Sarawak deputy chief minister and ex-Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president, Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai, passed away this morning.
It was learnt that Dr Wong, who had served as deputy chief minister between 1994 and 1996, passed away at his residence in Jalan Tabuan here about 4am.
He was 90.
His demise was announced by SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian on his official Facebook account today.
“On behalf of SUPP, I offer my heartfelt condolences to (Wong’s wife) Puan Sri Dr Jane Yong, her 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 Dr Sim, who is also the State Local Government Minister.
Dr Wong is survived by his wife and three children.
He was the first Sarawakian to graduate with Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS), which is 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-NST