IT was indeed a fitting final farewell for Sarawak’s gentleman politician Datuk Amar James Wong.
In the Cathedral where he used to worship regularly, family, friends, political colleagues from both sides of the divide, students from his alma mater of St. Thomas’, as well as long-time admirers and followers, all came together to pack the pews and celebrate a life well lived.
All sang enthusiastically along with the choir to three hymns which the State’s first Deputy Chief Minister loved: Guide Me Oh Thou Great Redeemer, The Lord’s My Shepherd and Abide with Me.
Thunderous applause rang out when his son Alex repeated during the Eulogy what Datuk Amar used to reiterate: “Sarawak DID NOT join Malaysia. We FORMED Malaysia together with Sabah, Malaya and Singapore.”
Tears flowed as Alex described the private side of the husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and grand-uncle who cared so much for his family as patriarch.
This was a man who read poems and serenaded his beloved wife Valerie right to the end.
Alex recalled that on the day of his passing, Datuk Amar reassured them with a wink and a smile.
He was indeed at peace and ready to return to His Lord and Maker.
Sarawak never joined Malaysia. We FORMED Malaysia as an equal partner.
As Sarawakians, we must make sure that Datuk Amar’s legacy lives on — we must ensure that the rights of Sarawakians are preserved and that history is not conveniently rewritten and forgotten.
Rest in peace Datuk Amar.