PETALING JAYA: The passing of Tan Sri Rosemary Chow Poh Kheng is a great loss to the nation and MCA, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The MCA president extended his heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Rosemary, who passed away on Thursday (Dec 28) at the age of 96.
“On behalf of the party, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the family members of Wanita MCA Founding Chairman Tan Sri Rosemary Chow Poh Kheng, who breathed her last today.” said Dr Wee.
He added that Chow started the Wanita MCA movement with 800 members in 1975 and had always championed the rights of women and children.
“A highly educated social activist, Rosemary became the Selayang MP in 1975, and she was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for the Health Ministry when she was re-elected in 1978,” he said in his Facebook post.
Dr Wee said Chow was the first leader from Wanita MCA to be appointed Deputy Minister in 1982 and served in the Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry.
She was also well known for her successful campaign to promote monogamy amongst non-Muslims and her role in the enactment of laws to make the registration of civil marriages compulsory, he also said.
He further went on to point out that Chow was also actively involved in vernacular education and the opening of kindergartens in different parts of the country to encourage preschool education