JOHOR BARU - The family of the late Johor Baru Tiong-Hua Association president Datuk Tan Liang Soong has donated RM100,000 (S$38,700) in his name to the state's own Southern University College (Southern UC) for campus development.
Tan, 62, who was also deputy chairman of Southern UC's board of directors, had for the past decade played a key role in its progress, including helping to turn it into a university college from its humble beginnings as the Southern College and operating out of Foon Yew High School here.
Apart from fund-raising activities, he had also helped initiate the construction of its Traditional Chinese Medicine building - the only university college offering such studies here.
Tan, the managing director of construction company Rong Mah Group, died of heart complications at the Johor Specialist Hospital on Monday, leaving behind his wife of 39 years, Datin Janice Teh, 59, and children Angeline, 38, and Ryan, 32.
Tan, also the Malaysia Tan Clan Association national president and the Johor Teochew Association chairman, was a prominent leader in the local Chinese community.
Angeline said that her father had been passionate about education in the community.
"Even though he was unwell, he attended an NGO dinner in Selangor last Saturday.
"He always put the people and the society's needs before his own and probably neglected his health because of his busy schedule," she said.
In a grand send-off yesterday, hundreds of family members, friends, various Chinese association members and Southern UC students turned up at the Tiong-Hua Association funeral parlour to bid him goodbye.
After a 27km funeral procession around the city, Tan was buried at the Tiong-Hua Association Memorial Park in Gelang Patah.