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Published: Saturday January 23, 2010 MYT 2:35:00 PM

Former newscaster Robert Lam dies of skin cancer

PETALING JAYA: Former newscaster Robert Lam passed away Saturday after being stricken with skin cancer for more than three months.

Lam, 64, passed away at 5.15am at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre.

Lam’s brother-in-law, Robert Lau, 55, said Lam dedicated the last ten years of his life to charitable and church works.

“Not many people saw this side of Robert because they know him as a well-known newscaster and emcee. In the later years of his life, he was involved in church ministry works and helped to care for the old and infirm at an old folks home,” he said when contacted.

Lam leaves behind his wife, Jane Chong Yang Chun, 58, son Mark, 23 and daughter Alexis, 22.

The wake will be at the First Baptist Church in Jalan Gasing on Sunday from 8.30pm. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 10am before the cortege leaves for burial at the Lutheran Garden in Shah Alam.

Lam had served three years from 1965 as a RMAF pilot flying the Pioneer aircraft after being commissioned from the Royal Military College’s Intake Six a year earlier.

He then left for England to pursue a career in insurance management and public speaking.

Lam later returned home to read prime-time news for 23 years on TV3, RTM and TV8 Metrovision.

He left the media and turned to emceeing at functions before setting up the Robert Lam English Language Centre in Subang Jaya with nationwide branches.

Lam, with the Kingdom Christian Fellowship, had also set up the Faith International Training School in Subang Jaya to teach Bible studies.

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