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Sari Tan dies at 70
Published on: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Prominent Sabah Chinese businessman Datuk Sari Tan passed away on Tuesday. He was 70. Sari who died at the KPJ Medical Centre at 9.05am is survived by his wife and two children.

Sari who was born in Quan Zhou, a Hokkien prefecture in China, came to Sabah together with his father in the 1950s when they shifted their business from the Philippines.

After his parents died, Sari started his own business including running a rubber estate and in 1968 went into the timber industry, which he operated until he sold the business to a bumiputera company in 1994.

Thereafter, he continued his foray into business, this time in the real estate and property sector.

Apart from being active in business, Sari was also very active in Chinese associations.

He was the president of the Federation of Sabah Hokkien Association for 22 years, Federation of Chinese Association Sabah (FCAS) for 19 years since its inception, Kota Kinabalu Hokkien Association for 22 years and chairman of the Kian Kok Management Board for 30 years.

He became the president of the Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1985 until 2012 and led the Sabah United Chinese Chamber of Commerce for 22 years.

A special ceremony would be held in SM Kian Kok on March 31 before burial at the Third Chung Hwa Cemetery.

Meanwhile, Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang said the late Sari Nuar made major contributions to the economy, culture, Chinese education and Chinese associations in Sabah.

"Over the years, Sari undoubtedly sacrificed and contributed to the economy and culture of the State, especially in terms of Chinese education, Chinese associations, temples, etc.

"His contributions will always be remembered," Teo said, at the funeral parlour, where he was met by Sari's son, Eric Mohamad Sari.

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