KOTA KINABALU – Former Kuala Lumpur police chief the late Tan Sri Henry Chin was laid to rest at the Chinese cemetery in Batu 5, Jalan Tuaran here about 11.30am Thursday.
The funeral procession, accompanied by the police, commenced from Wisma Fook Lu Siew at 10.40 am, leading to the cemetery which was located about two kms away.
Earlier, members of the public paying their last respects to him at Wisma Fook Lu Siew here, included Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Sabah Police Deputy Commissioner Datuk Awang Sahari EM Nadzeer.
Chin served with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) for more than 38 years before retiring in 1993.
After his retirement, he was active in social activities and had served as a board member with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), vice chairman of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) and a member of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) in Sabah.
He is survived by his wife, Puan Sri Shirley Cheng Hua Chien, 72, and two children, Alex and Melissa, and four grandchildren.
The sombre air of mourning and respect conveyed the esteem with which the decorated 79-year-old former police chief was held in the community.
Alex delivered a tearful eulogy with his sister by his side, extolling his father’s virtues as a responsible family man who had been spirited and caring to the last, reported the MalayMail onlime.
“He took it upon himself to make sure his friends and family were always looked after. His favourite words were ‘don’t worry, I’ll take care of it,” he said.
Close family friend and former Sabah karate champion, Johnny Chong, also spoke of Chin’s legacy to the community.
After the eulogies, visitors were invited to say their final goodbyes to Chin, who was laid out in a white, glass-covered coffin. Members of the Sabah police service also bowed in unison.
Chin died at the University of Malaya Medical Centre (PPUM), in Kuala Lumpur on October 23 after suffering a stroke. He was in the capital for a board meeting.