Michelle Yeoh: Dad was my top hero

IPOH - Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, whose long list of film credits range from Tomorrow Never Dies to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is hoping that her father will be proud of her achievements.

"I hope that whatever I have done and continue to do, I will always make him proud," said the former Bond girl, whose father Datuk Yeoh Kian Teik died on Wednesday at the age of 89.

Describing her father as the most important man in her life, she said he was a hero to her.

"He used to teach us to be individuals and believe in ourselves. If we make mistakes, we should learn from them," she told reporters at the wake at their home here yesterday.

"Despite being a lawyer, he never dictated to us that we must grow up to be lawyers or doctors. Instead, he told us to go after our dreams," she said.

She said her father also encouraged them to be adventurous about food.

He was not exactly a healthy eater as he enjoyed pork belly, she quipped.

Michelle said she was shooting the TV series Strike Back in Budapest when she got a call from her family about her father's condition.

"I came back three days ago. I am happy that I managed to spend some time with him."

Kian Teik will be buried at the Paradise Memorial Park in Tanjung Rambutan on Sunday. The cortege is expected to leave his home at about 1pm.

Meanwhile, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Kian Teik had been given the highest honour in MCA for his life-long dedication to the party and nation.

Liow represented the party's members to drape the MCA flag on Kian Teik's coffin after he and other party leaders paid their last respects at his home.

Liow said that Kian Teik, a former state MCA chairman and adviser, had joined the party as a Youth member and remained steadfast to the end.

"He was with us through our most difficult times, be it at the national or state level, and was very concerned about the party and our nation. For this, the party's top leadership will discuss and come up with a posthumous award to further recognise his contributions," said Liow.

Deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said up until recent years, Kian Teik had helped the party to vet the right candidates during the general elections.