IPOH – Former MCA vice-president and Perak chairman Datuk Chan Kit Chee has passed away at the age of 87.

The veteran party leader breathed his last on Tuesday (Nov 28) morning, leaving behind two daughters, a son and five grandchildren.

Paying tribute to the former headmaster who joined MCA in the 1970s, deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said Chan’s contributions to the party were immense, especially in the 1970s and 1980s.

“He was responsible for composing the MCA party anthem and its lyrics as well as our party pledge.

“He was also among those detained under the Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA) during Ops Lalang in 1987, spending over a month in detention,” Dr Wee told reporters after paying his last respects to Chan here Wednesday (Nov 29).

Also present were Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie, Perak MCA chief Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon and other party members.

Dr Wee, who represented MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai at the wake as the latter is currently attending the 30th International Maritime Organisation (IMO) general assembly in London, added: “Datuk Chan Kit Chee will be missed by all party members especially when we sing the party anthem and recite our party pledge.”

Earlier in the day, MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan and family also paid their last respects to Chan.

Chan’s funeral will be held at the VCare Memorial Centre on Jalan Masjid here at 9.30am on Sunday after which his cortege will leave for the Paradise Memorial Park in Ulu Kinta for burial.