Saturday August 18, 2012
Patriarch laid to rest
By EDMUND NGO
Photos by RONNIE CHIN
THE mood was solemn as family members, friends and Kampar folk bade farewell to Lee Chai Sen, the late father of Kampar MP and Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong.
One by one, the people numbering some 300, who turned up at Chai Sen’s house in Kampung Baru Sungai Durian in Tanjung Tualang, filed past his coffin.
They also observed a moment of silence as a mark of respect to the family patriarch who passed away at the Ipoh Specialist Hospital in Ipoh on Tuesday. He was 89.
Among those who had arrived early in the morning to pay their last respects were a group of 20 pupils from SJK(C) Sungai Durian.
Headmistress Chai Soo Bee said Chai Sen had once served as the school’s board of governors chairman.
“He was always concerned about the pupils’ welfare and that of the school.
“He was also a respected figure in the community.
“Hence, it is important for the pupils to pay their last respects,” she said.
Chai Sen had first set foot on Malayan soil at the age of three.
His parents, who were from Yongding, a county in China’s Fujian province, later moved from Tanjung Tualang to Kampung Baru Sungai Durian in Kampar, which he called home until his very last day.
Although he went on to be appointed Justice of Peace and owned a sawmill, Chai Sen maintained a low profile in building up his career and raising seven children.
Chai Sen, who leaves behind seven children, 22 grandchildren and a great-grandchild, was laid to rest at the Ipoh Hokkien Chinese Cemetery in Ipoh.