Soon Koh to focus on his work to cope with grief

Wong (centre, wearing suit) and his family members mourn as personnel get ready to carry the casket of late Andrew out.

SIBU, Feb 14: Family, friends and mourners gathered today to bid their final and tearful goodbye to former Sibu Municipal Council deputy chairman Dato Andrew Wong Kee Yew, who died unexpectedly on Feb 10.

The heartbroken father, Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, said it was painful and difficult to bid a final farewell to his beloved son.

“I have to gather strength from this pain as I will continue to work harder and to the best of my capabilities in my political work,” he said on the sidelines of the funeral service.

“In the past, people, especially in Sibu, have said that all I have ever done was to pave way for my son. Now that Andrew has left us, I will continue to work harder and do my best in politics.”

Wong emphasised that he would focus on making United Sarawak Party or Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) stronger so as to better serve the people in Sibu and Sarawakians, in general.

“I want to prove to the people of Sibu and all Sarawakians that what I do is not entirely for the sake of my son or to groom my son to be the next leader,” he stressed.

Mourners bid their last goodbye to Andrew.

At the service, his wife, Datin Seri Pauline Leong, penned an emotional goodbye to her son. She wrote:

“I would give my life to have you back, said his mum.
I know you would, said her son.
I cry each night for you, said his mum.
And I catch all of your tears, said his son.
I pray for the day that I can see you again, said his mum.
Close your eyes and you can see me, said his son.
You are the first person who loved me, and you are the first person I loved.
You were always there when I needed you, and you always knew when I need a hug.
I am here for you now, mum, I am in your heart and in your soul.
I did not take your heart with me.
In fact, I left mine with you to hold.
One day, I will take your hand and lead you to paradise.” — DayakDaily