Tributes to Yeoh Tiong Lay

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Thousands pay their last respects to the late founder of YTL, with the Prime Minister and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor arriving at Yeoh’s residence in Damansara Heights at about 5.45pm today.

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 “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.

“May his soul rest in peace,” Najib wrote in the condolence book.

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.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi paid his last respects to Yeoh at noon, spending about 10 minutes at the residence.

Among yesterday’s VIPs were former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, former works minister Tun Samy Vellu, Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

In the evening, people of all walks of life attended Yeoh’s wake service.

Lines began to form as early as 6pm outside the residence as traffic built up leading to the house.

The wake service commenced at 8.40pm with a short prayer followed by the singing of Christian hymns, including ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘Oh My Soul’ and ‘How Great Is Our God’.

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Also present at the wake was Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Liow said the late founder of YTL cared deeply about education and the Chinese community.

“Yeoh was active within the circle of Chinese associations and was a famous philanthropist. He helped countless people,” Liow said.

“We thank him for taking an interest in MCA and the political rights of the Chinese in the country.

“We will always remember him as an extraordinary entrepreneur,” he added.

In his eulogy, Datuk Mark Yeoh said his father was a selfless man, always teaching him and his siblings to put family first.

“What I have learned from him is how important the unity of our family is. I have felt so much love from my siblings,” the youngest of Yeoh’s seven children said. 

Datuk Yeoh Soo Keng, the youngest daughter, added that the late billionaire had taught his children to be humble and resilient.

“He never treated us, daughters and sons, any differently. He always cared for us equally,” she said.

She also said that her father took his job seriously especially as a philanthropist.

“Dad has touched many hearts but fulfilled his public duty attending events until we had to stop him due to his deteriorating health,” she said.

Family, friends and acquaintances who came to pay their last respects to Yeoh spoke highly of the business mogul and prominent philanthropist, sharing stories of his humility and contributions to the society.

The wake service will be held until Saturday at 8.30pm.

The funeral will be on Sunday at 10am.

Earlier report: Oct 18, (Updated) Yeoh Tiong Lay Passed Away at Age 87