NILAI – The late Tan Sri Yuen Yuet Leng has been described as an extraordinary personality, committed to police force especially during the era against the communists, according to Dewan Negara President, Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang.
He said Yuen did not see racial and religious differences but considered himself as a Chinese, Malay and Indian.
“This is because he came from a moderate family and was a humble man right to the end of his life,” he told reporters at Xiao En Memorial Park near here, today.
Abu Zahar, who considered the former Perak CPO as a brother, said his demise was a big loss to the nation.
“I would describe Yuen as a true Malaysian who stood up for the country’s security and hoped he would be emulated by Malaysians,” he said.
At the Xiao En Centre in Jalan Kuari, Cheras, Bukit Aman Management Department director Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said the demise of Yuen would be remembered by all strata of society as a national hero who crippled the communist threat in this country.
He said Yuen would be remembered as a unity icon in the police force comprising various races.
“He had an unwavering spirit of unity and this was proven with his famous quote to the police force: I am Malay, I am Indian and I am also a Chinese. If someone talks bad about the Malay – it is like that someone is hurting one part of my body.
“In the force, there is no term of race or community…we fight as one team to defend Malaya from the communist threat,” Zulkifli said quoting the former Perak CPO.
The country’s fourth Inspector-General of Police, Tun Mohammed Haniff Omar described Yuen as a low-profiled person who conducted his duties firmly.
According to Haniff, Yuen was dedicated and was understanding of his subordinates and was never angry with them.
“I remembered when he caught some communists, brought them home and asked his wife to cook them dinner.
“After that he tried to convince them that their ideology was wrong and tried to correct them to the right path,” he said.
Yuen, 88, who had also served as Sarawak police commissioner died at his daughter’s residence in The Mines, Seri Kembangan at about 6 am on Oct 1 following a heart ailment.
He was born in Larut, Perak and was renowned for his services as the main negotiator at the Hatyai Peace Negotiation with former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Rahim Noor in China to meet Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leaders Chin Peng, Abdullah C.D and Rashid Maidin.
Yuen was shot in the chest in Gerik in 1951 in a battle against the CPM when Chin Peng was its secretary-general.
Yuen left behind his wife, Puan Sri Chan Choy May, 68, two daughters, Susan Yuen Sumin, 56, and Marina Chan Chean Gaik, 54, and two grandchildren in their 20’s. – BERNAMA