JOHOR BARU: He was a philanthropist, known for his deeds especially in Johor.
Now, a book has been published to pay tribute to the late Tan Sri Kuek Ho Yao (pic), a cousin of Asia’s sugar king Robert Kuok (their fathers were siblings).
Ho Yao, who died in 2012 at the age of 96, had spent most of his life dedicating his time to charity and initiating education projects, especially in Johor Baru.
He was one of the founders of Southern University College, besides holding the post of director of Foon Yew High School for a period of time.
The book launch was held yesterday at the Johor Baru Tiong Hua Association building here.
Foon Yew Foundation chairman Siow Kwang Hwa said the book was published by the foundation, and 2,000 copies would be given to several schools around here and to the Southern University College.
“The book is also our way of showing respect to him and to commemorate his contributions, especially in the education sector, that had helped shape the Chinese community here.
“We hope that this would inspire the community, in particular the younger generation,” he said.
Siow said the commemorative book had compiled all information about Ho Yao, his contributions to various schools and his relations with Chinese associations here.
“The publication of the book is also quite timely as next year will mark his 100th year if he were still with us,” he added.
Ho Yao had two sons, three daughters and 15 grandchildren.
One of his children, Datuk Kuek Siew Yin, said she was moved by the work done by the foundation in compiling her father’s contributions.
“I am extremely proud of my father and I am humbled by the foundation’s effort which showed that the community here loves him and respects his contributions,” she said.
Bernama reported that VIPs, including a Cabinet minister, deputy minister and senior politicians, paid their last respects to Ho Yao when he died in 2012.