MELBOURNE: A Malaysian construction magnate and community leader, who was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II for his philanthropy and business work in Queensland, has died in Brisbane.
Dr Peter Yeoh Tiong Yong (pic), from the acclaimed Yeoh family of Malaysia, died last week after a protracted illness. He was 76.
His death last Thursday was announced by his daughter Patricia, who said the family was at his bedside when he died.
Peter Yeoh was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen Elizabeth II birthday honours list eight years ago for his service to business, multi-culturalism and his substantial donations to health and education.
In April 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Centenary Medal by the Governor-General of Australia for his achievements in the Australasian community.
He was particularly active in the Australian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Australia Malaysia Business Council.
Peter Yeoh, the youngest of nine siblings, including Tan Sri (Dr) Yeoh Tiong Lay, headed the family-owned Yeoh Cheng Liam Costruction Sdn Bhd at the age of 26 after graduating from the Sydney University of Technology.
During his 22-year tenure, he grew the business to make it one of the largest construction companies in Malaysia at the time.
It influenced the birth of YTL Corporation Berhad, one of Malaysia’s leading integrated infrastructure conglomerates, headed by Tan Sri Francis Yeoh.
Peter Yeoh migrated with his young family to Australia in 1985 and started the YTY Group of Companies with interests in property investment and management.
He leaves behind wife Alice Mah Kam Moi, son Zak and daughters Patricia, Yvonne and Peggy. He also had four grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at the Brisbane City Hall tomorrow, followed by burial at the Centenary Memorial Gardens in Brisbane. — Bernama