SIBU: The renaming of Jalan Pedada to Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai here has received the approval of the State Cabinet.
President of Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said it was in recognition of the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai’s years of contribution to Sibu, SUPP and Sarawak.
“I can say he is one of the earliest specialists, not just a medical doctor who gave many people opportunities to live once again… chance to another life, that is the greatest asset and not money (sic).
“I always admire his leadership because he was of great courage, wisdom, integrity and discerning in which all of us have much to learn. His legacy is not what he had done for Sibu but the people who come after him, the people he groomed. That’s what legacy is (sic),” he said in his address at the official naming ceremony jointly organised by five SUPP (Sibu) branches at a hotel here yesterday afternoon.
Dr Sim added that he had heard about the soft spoken gentleman since he was young.
“Even after I became party president, I visited him at home whenever opportunity arose, he still asked about SUPP.
“I can say he is always a loyal SUPP member and he has many wisdom and advice that I treasure and stay with me till today (sic),” he added.
Dr Sim also took the opportunity to thank the wife of the late doctor and politician, Puan Sri Dr Yong Sau Kan who is one of the most loyal SUPP supporters.
The daughter of the late party chief, Wong Chee Lin said it was very special to have her late father honoured in his hometown of Sibu where he dedicated his career and life, both in the medical field and in the political arena.
She added that her father was undoubtedly a loving and loyal husband, caring and forgiving father, a dedicated and accomplished doctor, a politician – perhaps even a reluctant one – who was honest and did not seek glory, fame or fortune but exercised his responsibilities with integrity and equity.
“He was always a son of Sibu who never forgot his roots. I wish to thank the Sibu Municipal Council and the state government for approving the change in the name of the road,” Chee Lin added.