PETALING JAYA, May 16 — A former headmaster of Methodist Boys School Kuala Lumpur (MBSKL) has died from old age, weeks after his car plunged into a 13m-deep manhole.
Yong Chee Seng, who was 85, made headlines after surviving the May 3 accident in Jalan Universiti here.
Described as the “best in the country” by his former students, Yong has been suffering minor illnesses associated with old age. A close relative of Yong, who declined to be named, said Yong died at midnight on Saturday.
“He passed away peacefully at home and funeral arrangements are being made,” the relative said.
Yong, who had been a principal since 1979, had a wing in the school named after him in 2009.
He started teaching at the Methodist English School in Tanjung Malim, Perak, in 1950. He retired as the Methodist Board of Education secretary in 1995.
Former students and fellow teachers shared their memories of Yong, who they described as an idol of the school, on MBSKL Alumni’s Facebook page.
“He taught me Economics in Sixth Form and made a boring subject come alive. He is stern, but a very kind man, a real gentleman. Still remember how he pulls up his trousers before he begins his lessons,” Albert Y.M. Lee said on the page.
One of his former students posted on Facebook saying Yong had touched the lives of many students, colleagues and staff.
“Mr Yong will be well-remembered for his no-nonsense approach in administering discipline. Unruly students had felt the sting of his canes which he used with fairness and justice,” the student said
Another student, Ron Leong, posted: “He was a caring, committed and dedicated principal who has transformed the school to a greater height. We will definitely miss him very much”.
Former student Harold Huang mentioned how Yong had given him financial assistance.
“My heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the bereaved family,” he posted on Facebook.
The wake will be held tomorrow and on Tuesday at 8.30pm at his residence, and the funeral will take place at 10am on Wednesday at Trinity Methodist Church here, where he was a member.