Friday, October 8, 2010

Batu Sapi MP Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah of Parti Bersatu Sabah died in a road accident in Kota Kinabalu. He was 54.

Update : 11st October 2010 (Source - Bernama)

The Barisan Nasional Bacbenchers Club, BNBBC wants the Home Ministry to investigate thoroughly the cause of the road accident on Saturday 9th October 2010, which claimed the life of Batu Sapi's Member of Parliament, Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah.

BNBBC Chairman, Datuk Tiong King Sing said they were not convinced by the many explanations on the cause of the crash.

BNBBC will also write a letter to Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein for a thorough probe.

Earlier, Datuk Tiong led 11 members of the BNBBC to pay their last respect to the late Datuk Edmund at the Fook Lu Siew Funeral Parlour in Jalan Tuaran.

The 11 members of BNBBC present were Datuk Muhammad Aziz (Sri Gading), Nancy Shukri (Batang Sadong), Datuk Ismail Abdul Mutallib (Maran), Datuk Ismail Kasim (Arau), Tan Ah Eng (Gelang Patah), Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakri (Sabak Bernam), Senator Pau Chiong Ung as well as Deputy Education Minister, Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, PBS President and Keningau MP Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Putatan MP Datuk Dr Makin Marcus Mojigoh.

The Mercedes that collided with Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah's superbike

Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah's Kawasaki 750cc Turbo Superbike lying on the road after the collision

Source The Star Online / News Asiaone 9 October 2010

KOTA KINABALU: Batu Sapi MP Edmund Chong Ket Wah of Parti Bersatu Sabah died in a road accident in Kota Kinabalu. He was 54.

He is believed to have been riding a Kawasaki 750 bike along the Sembulan-Tanjung Aru road when he was involved in a crash with an on-coming Mercedez car at about 11.40am Saturday, 9th October 2010.

Chong, was heading for the city on a Kawasaki 750cc motorcycle when the accident occurred just before the Sutera Harbour traffic light at 11.40am.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Sofi Zakaria said that both vehicles were travelling in the same direction when the accident occurred.

"There was a collision and there were dents on the front right side of the Mercedes (left).

"We are investigating how the accident happened."

Chong died on the spot. His body was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital here for a post-mortem.

The impact of the crash threw Chong off his bike. He landed on the road going in the opposite direction while the bike landed 30m away on the road shoulder.

Chong, who is in his second term as Batu Sapi MP, was born on April 9, 1956, in Sandakan. He was married to Linda Tsen Thau Lin and leaves four children.

A consultant engineer, Chong was the PBS treasurer-general and its Elopura division chairman.

A well-liked and humble person, Chong won the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat in the 2004 and 2008 general elections.

He was appointed Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board chairman for Sabah last year.

His death came as a shock as just 16 hours earlier, he was with PBS leaders at the finals of the party's President Cup football championship at Likas Stadium.

Minutes after the accident, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman arrived at the mortuary.

Senior PBS leaders, including President, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, deputy president cum Federal Minister of Science, Technology and Inovation Datuk Dr MAximus Johnity Ongkili, deputy president and Sabah's Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai, were also seen at the hospital.

Some leaders also went to the accident scene which is near the 5 Star Sutera Harbour Resort and Grace Ville luxury apartments complexes.

Also at the scene were secretary-general Datuk Henrynus Amin, Youth chief Datuk Jahid Jahim and supreme council member Datuk James Vitalis.

Chong was said to have been on his way back from Kota Kinabalu International Airport to his house in Likas after buying his air ticket to attend the Parliament sitting tomorrow.

Putatan MP Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh said Chong had called him to say that he had bought his ticket and would leave for Kuala Lumpur today.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman described Chong''s death as a great loss for the people and state of Sabah.

"He was a dedicated and committed leader in discharging his responsibilities as the Member of Parliament for Batu Sapi," he told reporters when approached at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Musa, who is the State Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman, said he and his family extended condolences to Chong''s family and PBS.

PBS President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who was also at the hospital, said: "It''s very sad for the state and the country, especially PBS. He was my close friend."

This tragic event triggers yet another by-election in Malaysia.

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