JOHOR BARU: Johor Baru Tiong-Hua Association president Datuk Tan Liang Soon has passed away at the age of 62 after suffering from heart problems.
He was admitted into the Johor Specialist Hospital here on Sunday evening at around 6pm after he complained of chest pains two hours before that.
Tan was taken into the operation theatre at around 11.30pm and was warded at the intensive care unit (ICU) where he remained unconscious due to unstable blood pressure caused by torn blood vessels. He was pronounced dead at 1.45am on Monday.
He leaves behind his wife Janice Teh, 59, two children Angeline Tan, 38, and Ryan Tan, 32 as well as two grandchildren.
He was diagnosed with a kidney problem in 2007 where he underwent a kidney transfer and had to cease work for about six months before resuming his duties.
His daughter Angeline said that her late father was a passionate man who had always fought for education in the community.
“Before he passed away, he still attended a non-governmental organisation organised dinner in Selangor on Saturday night even when he was feeling unwell.
“He has always put the people’s and the society’s need before his own and probably neglected his own health because of his busy schedule” she said.
The association’s past president Lua Ah Seng, 66, who was Tan’s comrade for 20-odd years, described him as a vocal and headstrong person who had always been a person who would stand up to what is wrong.
“He does not give up easily and I would say that his greatest achievement was helping the then Southern College achieve the university college status after fighting for it for about two decades,” said the emotional Lua.
Tan, who was the founder of a construction business, was appointed as the association’s president in December last year for the 2014-2016 term, succeeding immediate past president Lim Ik Kim.
He was also the Malaysia Tan Clan Association national president, Southern University College board of directors deputy chairman and the Johor Teochew Association chairman.