Cops classify death of Second Finance Minister's son as sudden death


SIBU: Police have classified the passing of Datuk Andrew Wong Kee Yew, 42, on Sunday (Feb 10) as sudden death.

Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said there was nothing suspicious surrounding the death of Andrew, who is the only son of Sarawak Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.

"I was here last night (Sunday) with the investigating team. Nothing suspicious was found. The medical personnel were also here and they confirmed the death," he added.

ACP Stanley urged the public to not speculate on Andrew's death, adding that an autopsy would be conducted at Sibu Hospital.

"Do not speculate until an autopsy is done, maybe today or tomorrow," he told reporters at Wong's residence on Monday (Feb 11).

Andrew was said to have collapsed and passed away at 11.15pm at the family home.

A source told The Star Online on Monday (Feb 11) that Andrew most probably died of a stroke.

Wong also called on the public to respect their privacy during this difficult time.

He said Andrew could have probably died from exhaustion following a jet-skiing trip.

"Yesterday at 7am, he left home with a team of 4X4 people and went on jetski to Tutus. He spent quite a long time in Rumah Ukap, Tutus, enjoying some good time with the longhouse people and of course in the process, he also drank quite a bit. He must have been very exhausted. He drove all the way to Tutus and back to Sibu, a journey that takes at least an hour," he added.

Wong said when Andrew arrived home last night, he went straight to his room.

Andrew's mother, Datin Leong Poh Lin, said her son had hypertension and was on medication.

She said that she had called him down for dinner that night but he did not show up.

"He did not response to me and I thought he needed some rest. Then some of his friends arrived at the house, saying that Andrew had invited them to come over for Chinese New Year celebration. At that moment, I thought he was in the garage tending to our dogs," she said in between sobs.

However, when she went upstairs later, she found him lying unconscious in the room.

"I quickly called doctors from Rejang Medical Specialist Centre and

KPJ. They came and tried to resuscitate him but he died at about 11pm,"she said.

Andrew is married and has two children - a boy and a girl.

Earlier, a stream of visitors were seen at Wong's residence to pay their last respects to Andrew.

Andrew, who was a former deputy chairman of the Sibu Municipal Council, had contested the Sibu seat during GE14 but lost.

The incumbent candidate Oscar Ling won with an increased majority of 11,422 votes from just 2,841 votes previously.

In the only four-cornered fight in Sarawak, Ling garnered 33,811 votes to beat Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Dato Andrew Wong, who polled

22,389 votes, Sarawak Peace Party's (Peace) Jamie Tiew Yen Huong (377 votes) and State Reform Party's (STAR) Simon Tiong (176 votes).

Andrew had also initiated the Sibu Development Plan.

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