November 3, 2010
Dato Sri Yao Ping Hua has been called the Lord
We received news that one of the leading members of the Foochow Community of SArawak passed away on lst Nov 2010 at a ripe age of 90.
Dato Sri Yao Ping Hua was born in Bintangor (formerly Binatang) on 8th May 1923. His father was the dearly loved Rev Yao Siew Khing. He was educated in Bintangor and Sibu. Later he attended an English school before he Second World War broke out.
He had many firsts in his lifetime :
1. He was the first English educated Foochow to join the Rajah's Government in 1940 at age 17 and served in the District Office Kapit during the Japanese Occupation.
2. He was appointed Assistant Clerk of Councils (Council Negri) in May 1957 after he had served in the Sibu Resident's office from 1946.
3. He was the first Sibu born Foochow and local born Sarawakian to have a three month attachment to the House of Commons to observe and learn Parliamentary practice and procedure.
4. He was the first Chinese (Foochow) Resident ever appointed and he was followed by only a few others of Chinese descent. He was Resident in First and Third Divisions.
5. He was the first CEO of RASCOM which was established to combat communist threats of that time.
6. He was Chairman of Committee to Review the Administrative Boundaries of the State of Sarawak." This took him two years to travel all over Sarawak to complete his duties. At the end of 1974, the Committee submitted its report to the State Government through the State Secretary with recommendations to (a) divide the existing 5 Divisions into 11 Divisions, i.e. the 1st Division into 2; 2nd Division into 2; 3rd Division into 3, plus 1 coastal Division; 4th Division into 3; and (b) to increase development efforts to provide more and better infrastructure for linking up the various urban centres and rural areas and to provide more public utilities and amenities at those places for the benefit of the people as a whole.
After his retirement he put God first and became a pastor like his late father. He travelled widely in Asia and helped with the work of Sarawak Methodist Church in many ways. But foremost he spent time to help Methodist Churches throughout Kuching which he adopted as his hometown.
A a memorial service will be held at Chin Fu Methodist Church Kuching. Many people will remember him as a kind hearted and soft spoken man. He is to be remembered as a strong Methodist who took care of his flock and people.
May his soul rest in peace. And may God grant strength and comfort to his loved ones.
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