KOTA KINABALU – A veteran journalist, Frederick Charles Leong, better known with the byline Fred Leong died at about 4.00pm Tuesday.
He is believed to have suffered a heart attack and died while in his vehicle.
According to a staff of New Sabah Times, Fred had just left the office at about 4.00pm to go home. The incident took place near the Fire and Rescue Department in Sembulan.
Witnesses called the police when they found Leong slumped in his seat.
He was 64. Fred leaves behind two sons, Elvin and Alexander.
Police and medics from the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital arrived shortly after. His remains were taken to the QEH.
Fred started off as a staffer with RTM Sabah before venturing into business, and then made a comeback as a journalist, excelling in the field of sport.
His lifelong passion was however, off-roading and he was a veteran of several Borneo Safari expeditions.
He would often spend his spare money to soup up his Toyota 4×4 and then lease it to foreign journalists covering the Borneo Safari.
Family members have been notified of his death.
A one-time colleague of his remarked: “It is with sadness we share his passing. He was ‘Mr Sports’ till the end.
“He died in what he loved most – his 4×4 vehicle,” added the colleague.
Another off-roading ‘kaki’ (fan) chipped in: “He was a great cook at our camps and was never one to turn down a chilled beer.”