KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Lew Sip Hon, a man who tirelessly served the nation his entire life, has passed on.
He died on Tuesday at the age of 91 at his home, surrounded by family members.
The funeral service will be at 10am today at the Full Gospel Assembly in Kuchai Lama here before burial at Nirvana Christian Memorial Garden in Semenyih.
Among other posts, Lew was Deputy Commerce and Industry Minister under the administration of Tun Hussein Onn and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He retired after serving as the ambassador to the United States from 1984 to 1986.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Lew was a veteran who was committed to the party struggle.
“He galvanised and strengthened Malaysia’s multi-racial relationship and worked very closely with other races.
“He contributed a lot to the economic development of the country when he was a deputy minister,” Liow told reporters after paying his last respects during the wake at the church here.
He noted that Lew remained passionate about community work even after his retirement and always attended MCA functions to give encouragement.
Lew was a former MCA vice-president, the second chairman of TAR College (now known as TAR University College) and the Shah Alam MP from 1974 to 1986.
His second child Pastor Dr Lew Lee Choo, 66, said her father had a fall in August last year and suffered bleeding in his brain.
Dr Lew and her husband Pastor Dr Chew Weng Chee are prominent pastors with the Borneo Evangelical Church (SIB).
“An operation was conducted to remove the blood clot and he had a massive stroke after that.
“He could not eat, talk or walk and was confined to his bed with full medical and nursing care,” Dr Lee said.
June, the youngest child and Lew’s fourth daughter, said:
“My father’s life was for the nation. He really put everything he had for the sake of the country. He was a very nice man and would never say no to helping people.
“He also loved mingling with people, (he was) very humble. His heart was for education and to make sure the next generation is properly educated,” she said, adding that Lew also established the Sri Sempurna International School.
Lew leaves behind his children Dorothy, 69, Dr Lee Choo, Li Li, 61, Charles, 59 and June, 52; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Lew’s wife Datin Goh Min Check died on Jan 10 last year.