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Monday August 31, 2009

Chief Judge Arifin pays tribute to ‘good and honest’ Justice Ng

PETALING JAYA: Retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Vincent Ng Kim Khoay, 66, who died on Friday, was a good and honest judge, said Chief Judge of Malaya Justice Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria.

“I am sad to lose a friend. He was a good, honest judge and very concerned about justice.

It was only two weeks ago on Aug 17 that Arifin, in launching Ng’s book Footprints of a Judge’s Journey through Mother Earth — comprising excerpts from Ng’s judgments — had praised his ex-judicial colleague as “an honest judge who upheld the integrity of the law.”

The book, co-authored with Alex Chang Huey Wah, Khoo Guan Huat and Lim Hui Ling, also touches on Ng’s family life and musical ability with proceeds to be channelled to a scholarship fund in his name.

Ng, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer before he retired in April had, at the launch, paid tribute to his wife Datin Theresa Ewe Swee Cheng for standing by him in sickness and health.

Born on Oct 27, 1942, in Taiping, Ng was called to the Malaysian Bar on Oct 13, 1965. He was appointed a Judicial Commissioner on Feb 1, 1992, promoted to High Court judge in 1994 and elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2007.

Ng leaves behind children Noel, Michael and Christina and their families. The funeral mass will be at the St Francis Xavier Church in Jalan Gasing here at 2.30pm with burial at the Nilai Memorial Park today.