GEORGE TOWN: Students of two secondary schools on Jalan Bagan Jermal here gathered outside their schools to pay their respects as the funeral cortege of philanthropist Datuk Seri Tan Hoay Eam passed by on its way to the United Hokkien Cemetery in Teluk Bahang for burial.
The students of Penang Chinese Girls High School and SMJK Phor Tay were paying tribute yesterday to a benefactor who had contributed greatly to both their schools.
Even in his death, his family had channelled donations collected totalling RM3mil to the SMJK Phor Tay building fund.
Tan, who passed away at the age of 87 at 12.45pm on July 21, was the founder of Su Hock, Southern Rubber Group of Companies and a co-founder of Southern Steel Bhd.
He left behind a wife, two sons, four daughters and 11 grandchildren.
Among those who paid their respects yesterday were former chief ministers Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu and Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Bukit Mertajam MP Chong Eng, Pulau Tikus assemblyman Koay Teng Hai, Kebun Bunga assemblyman Jason Ong, and former state executive councillor Teng Chang Yeow.