KUALA LUMPUR -Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife paid their last respects to the founder of YTL Group of companies Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay.
The Prime Minister and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor arrived at Yeoh’s residence in Damansara Heights here at about 5.45pm Friday.
“Rosmah and I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family.
“The late Tan Sri Yeoh was truly an iconic entrepreneur. He has left a lasting legacy to his organisation, community and nation.
Yeoh passed away on Wednesday at the age of 88.
He is survived by his wife Puan Sri Tan Kai Yong, his seven children, 27 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Among dignitaries who paid their last respects to Yeoh today were Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail, former deputy prime minister Tun Musa Hitam, Prime Minister’s special envoy to China Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, former China ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang, DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Yeoh will be laid to rest at the Nilai Memorial Park on Sunday.
YTL Corp is among the 30 largest companies listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd, forming one of the component companies of the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd of the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI.
A touching tribute by Yeoh Tiong Lay’s wife
KUALA LUMPUR: A good husband and a man who was always humble, genuine, gentle and warm. That was how Puan Sri Tan Kai Yong described her late husband Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay.
“It is with a heavy heart today that I remember Tiong Lay, the supporting pillar of my life. My life is incomplete without him.
“He was a filial son, a firm father. To others, trustworthy, to self, disciplined.
“When he was a young man, Tiong Lay was a diligent early riser. He worked himself very hard. His down-to-earth attitude and integrity won the respect and love of his acquaintances,” Tan said in a statement on Friday
Tan said Yeoh had always supported her with his constructive suggestions and actions, making her feel as if there was absolutely nothing too difficult or impossible to achieve.
“In addition, I always had Tiong Lay’s constant support in parenting. He never failed to help provide the best education for our children and our children’s children.
“All this stands as testament of his trust and respect for our younger generations.
“As a father and grandfather, Tiong Lay cared a lot for our younger generations’ education and moral character, as well as their unity.
“It was his hope that they would always be helping, supporting, and loving one another no matter what,” she said.
Tan said her husband was a person who felt deeply for his hometown and constantly stressed on remembering their cultural and family roots and to be thankful for them.
“To instill our cultural roots in the future generations, both of us have brought them back to Kinmen, in the Fujian province, to visit Humei Dongbao village in Jinning County to introduce the local culture and help them reconnect with the place their ancestors came from.
“On behalf of my family, I would like to express our gratitude to all family and friends, members of society from all walks of life, to all who have been present for Tiong Lay’s wake services and to those who have sent flowers and messages of condolence, for all your love and care.
“Lastly, it is with a very heavy heart that I present my eulogy to Tiong Lay, my dearest husband, who left us suddenly on Oct 18.
“May you rest in peace in the bosom of our Lord. Till we meet again.”