Kota Kinabalu: Sabah's pioneering property developer and philantrophist, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Wong Kwok, died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital II on Saturday night. He was 93.
He is survived by his wives, Datin Seri Panglima Szeto Shui Wing and Datin Seri Panglima Chen Si Mui, 13 children, 41 grandchildren and four great grand children.
He was the founder of the Wong Kwok Group, a construction and property developer that had carried out many notable projects in Sabah.
He also founded the Kota Kinabalu Huang Clan (Jiang-xia) Association and served 10 years as its president and was the honorary life president.
He had led several other associations such as the Sabah Builders Association for quite a number of years, as well as being the honorary life chairman of the Sabah Kwong Siew Association, Board of Governor for Sabah Tsung Tsin Secondary School and Likas Chung Hwa Primary School, honorary life president of the Sabah Sze Yip Association and Sze Yi Association West Coast, Sabah.
He was conferred the Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK) that carries the title "Datuk" from the State Government in 1990 and Seri Panglima Darjah Kinabalu (SPKD), the State's highest award that carries the title "Datuk Seri Panglima" in 2004.
Wong Kwok was also awarded the "Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Project Management" by the National University of America in 2002 for his outstanding achievements in construction and property development.
The funeral service would be held at 7.30am on Tuesday at the Fook Lu Siew Funeral Parlour.
Thereafter, the cortege would proceed to Nirvana Memorial Park off Jalan Tuaran.
--Courtesy of The Daily Express