Penang Gerakan mourns death of ex-leader Tan Gim Hwa - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

Penang Gerakan mourns death of ex-leader Tan Gim Hwa

Penang Gerakan is mourning the loss of former chairperson Tan Gim Hwa, who died in George Town last night due to multiple stroke.

Current state party chairperson Teng Chang Yeow said Gerakan had lost a forceful and decisive leader.

“Penang has lost a great son and on a personal level, I have lost a great mentor and friend who had been advising me on many political matters from the day I joined the party until the last general election.

“I cherish the opportunities that he had given me over the years,” he said in a statement in George Town today.

Tan, 76, who suffered a stroke since last year, was surrounded by his family members before he passed away at his residence in Halaman Macalister about 11pm.

Teng said Tan was the first politician to be appointed president of a local authority in peninsula Malaysia when he served as Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) president from 1990-1995 and as Penang Port Commission (PPC) chairperson from 1996 to 1998.

“During his tenure as MPPP president, he built the first indoor stadium in Penang, called Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa), now renamed Spice, and he created the Relau Metropolitan Park as recreational facility in the South West district,” he said.

He added that Tan had also introduced garbage bins to all households on Penang Island as part of measures to resolve garbage collection problems.

Meanwhile, former Penang Gerakan Youth chief Oh Tong Keong said he remembered Tan as a founding member of Gerakan who later led the MPPP as president.

He said Tan had also initiated the relocation of street hawkers to proper hawker centres.

“Among the major street hawkers relocated included those plying in Gurney Drive, Esplanade, Gottlieb Road,  Macalister Road and Jalan Mahsuri,” he noted.

Tan’s political career began when he first joined the United Democratic Party in 1965 before switching to Gerakan in 1967, and was elected state assemblyperson for Tanjong Tengah at the third general election in 1969.

In 1974's fourth general election, Tan contested in Bukit Gelugor and won the seat but failed to retain the seat in the fifth general election, losing to Karpal Singh by 574 votes.

However, Tan was appointed Penang Gerakan chairperson in 1984, and headed the party’s socio-economic and development planning bureau. He was Gerakan national vice-president from 1987 to 1996.

He is survived by widow, Quah Mo Sy, also 76, sons Tee Yong, 50, Tee Wan, 48, and Tee Beng, 42, and daughter Chin Chin, 41.

Tan’s remains will be cremated at 11am on Friday in Batu Gantung.




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