GEORGE TOWN: Even though he did not know him personally, state police chief Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye has heard a lot of good things about Owen Chung.
“Of course tales of his moustache preceded him but I’m here to pay my respects to a man who had a long, fruitful life.
“I’ve heard a lot about him during his years with Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj,” he said at the Mount Erskine Kwangtung and Tengchow Association funeral parlour yesterday.
Owen’s youngest son Chung A. said ‘The Longest Day’, an Oscar-winning war movie about World War II’s harrowing D-Day invasion, and western hit ‘The Magnifi-cent Seven’ were among his dad’s all-time favourite.
“My father loved action movies and I remember his favourites were ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘The Longest Day’,” he said.
Owen, who was Tunku’s aide-de-camp from 1972 until his death in 1990, passed away at 7.30am on Saturday. He was 85.
He leaves behind his wife Chee Sin Gan, 85, two sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
Among those who paid their last respects at the wake on Sunday night were Penang Amateur Athle-tic Association president Datuk Syed Mohd Aidid Syed Murtaza, Persatuan Melayu Pulau Pinang (Pemenang) president Tan Sri Mohd Yussof Latiff and Real Estate and Housing Developers Associa-tion (Rehda Penang) past chairman Datuk Jerry Chan.
The funeral will be held at 2pm tomorrow at Block D, Mount Erskine Kwangtung and Teng-chow Association funeral par-lour, before the cortege leaves for the Mount Erskine crematorium.
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