Yeoh Tiong Lay laid to rest; 1,000 mourners attend funeral


NILAI: The remains of Tan Sri Dr Yeoh Tiong Lay were laid to rest at the Xiao En Memorial Park at 4.40pm today.

The founder of YTL Corporation Bhd died on Wednesday at the age of 88.

The hearse bearing his remains arrived at the cemetery at 3.15pm. The funeral procession comprised 40 cars and eight buses.

About 1,000 people, comprising family members and friends, were present at the funeral. However, due to health issues, his widow Puan Sri Tan Kai Yong could not be present.

Attendees observed a two-minute moment of silence, after which wreaths were placed near his final resting place.

The remains of Tan Sri Dr Yeoh Tiong Lay were laid to rest at the Xiao En Memorial Park today. Bernama Photo

Among the dignitaries present were Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili; IOI Group executive chairman Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng; Lion Group Malaysia chairman Tan Sri William Cheng; and Cambodian Ambassador to Malaysia, Princess Norodom Arunrasmy.

The funeral ceremony began at 10am at the family residence in Lorong Buloh Perindu 1, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, which was attended by about 3,000 people. Over the four previous days, more than 12,000 people turned up to pay their last respects at the family’s home.

Besides his wife, Yeoh leaves behind seven children: Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, Datuk Yeoh Soo Min, Datuk Dr Victor Yeoh Seok Kian, Datuk Yeoh Seok Hong, Datuk Seri Michael Yeoh Sock Siong, Datuk Yeoh Soo Keng, Datuk Mark Yeoh Seok Kah, 27 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

YTL Corp is among the 30 biggest companies listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia, forming one of the component companies of the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI, the stock exchange’s primary benchmark index.

Yeoh, who was also YTL Corporation and YTL Power International executive chairman, started his empire at the age of 22 in the 1950s, when he completed his first project and made RM5,000 in profit.

He continued his career in the construction sector and expanded the presence of the YTL Group into other fields, including power generation, hotels, property development and telecommunications. -- BERNAMA © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd