PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin expressed condolences to the family of Malay Mail editor-in-chief Datuk Wong Sai Wan over his death on Friday (May 14) morning.
“My deepest condolences to the family of longtime news and media veteran, Datuk Wong Sai Wan, the editor-in-chief of the Malay Mail, who passed away early this morning.
“A great mentor for many past and present journalists in this country and well known for his kindness and humility, Datuk Wong Sai Wan whom I have known for many years and an epitome of quality journalism, will be greatly missed, ” Muhyiddin said in his Facebook post on Friday.
He added that his thoughts and prayers were with Wong’s family in this difficult time.
Wong died at the age of 59 after being admitted to the Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) for heart-related issues on Friday morning.
Wong, who was born in Seremban, started his career as a journalist with The Star in 1984.
He started out as a journalist and went on to become the Seremban bureau chief, senior news editor and executive editor, before leaving in 2013.
In July 2013, he joined Ancom subsidiary Redberry Sdn Bhd as director of special projects, before being promoted to CEO in 2015, heading the group's media division.
In January 2018, he was re-designated as group chief media officer.