IPOH: Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh recalled fond memories of her late father Datuk Yeoh Kian Teik.
The internationally-acclaimed movie star said her father was the most important man in her life, "a wonderful man, and her hero."
“I hope whatever I have done, and continue to do, I will always make him proud.
“He taught us to be individuals, to believe in ourselves and if we make mistakes, we should learn from them,” Michelle told reporters during her father’s wake at his house in Lebuh Lasam here.
Kian Teik passed away peacefully at his home at about 6.15pm on Wednesday.
Michelle said she had fond memories of her travels during her younger days with her father, including the fishing trips to Pulau Sembilan near Pulau Pangkor.
She said her father was "not much of a talker" but he would give “advice without giving advice,” which left her and her siblings to think on how to adapt to a situation.
“Despite being a lawyer, he never dictated to us that we must be lawyers like him, or doctors, but instead he told us to go after our dreams,” she said. That was the best piece of advice that she received from him, she added.
She said her father would never hit his children, scream or even shout at them but being the quiet, elegant and respectable man, he instilled great fear.
Asked about his favourite food, Michelle said her father enjoyed eating pork belly and remembers that her father would encourage the children to be adventurous and enjoy their meals.
“I came back three days ago and I am happy that I managed to spend some time with my father.
“I was shooting for a television series titled “Strike Back” at Budapest when I received a call from my family on my dad’s health condition.
“I was due to be in Los Angeles on Wednesday (Nov 5) to receive the ‘Angel Ambassador' prize for the USA-China Award,” she said adding that she would start work after she had settled matters here.
“The production company understands and I am sure they will be able to make adjustments,” she added.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and state MCA chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon paid their last respects to Kian Teck, a former MCA chairman.
Dr Zambry said Kian Teik was a well-known figure, among several community leaders who had contributed vastly to Perak and the nation.
“He was a well-known lawyer, politician and was involved in social and welfare activities."
Kian Teik will be buried at the Paradise Memorial Park in Tanjung Rambutan on Sunday. The cortege is expected to leave his home at about 1pm.