Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min

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Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min


Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min, (1922-2011), born on 6 August 1922 at Limbang; died at Normah Specialist Medical Centre, Kuching, 18 July 2011, following a heart attack. (5) Became a Member of Limbang District Council, 1953. Member of the Sarawak Council Negeri, 1956-2001 (the longest-serving member by the time of his retirement). Member of the Malaysia Solidarity Consultative Committee prior to the formation of the federation. Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, 1963-6. Decade in opposition from 1966. Leader, Sarawak National Party (SNAP), 1974. Detained under the ISA, 1974-6. President of SNAP, 1981-2003 (party de-registered, 2002; leadership rivals Leo Moggie and Daniel Tajem departed to form the PBDS). Following SNAP's entry into the Barisan Nasional: Minister of Environment and Tourism, Sarawak, 1987-94. Minister of Environment and Housing, 1995-7. Minister of Environment and Public Health, 1998-2001. Langkawi Award (2001) for services to environmental protection. Author of The Price of Loyalty (1983). Launched two new books in November 2010: The Birth of Malaysia (third edition) and Memories of Speeches made at the Council Negri. Educated at St. Mary's School; St. Thomas's School; Serdang College of Agriculture. His tertiary education was interrupted by the outbreak of war, and so he returned to Limbang. Came from a Hakka family background. …

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