Former Sabah attorney general Datuk Stephen Foo Kiat Shin, known as a walking library of Sabah state law, has passed away at the Gleneagles Hospital here on Thursday (June 3). He was 78.
Foo, the longest-serving Sabah attorney general from 1986 to 1999, died of natural causes.
Members of the public may pay their last respects at the Fook Lu Siew funeral parlour on Friday (June 4) from 9am to 6pm.
Foo will be buried at the Nirvana Memorial Park after a funeral service at 10.30am on Saturday.
Members of Sabah’s legal fraternity described him as one the state’s best legal minds, especially on issues of state rights and the Constitution.
Sabah Law Society president Roger Chin described him as a “giant of the Sabah law fraternity”.
“Many members of the Sabah Bar will always remember him as a walking library of Sabah state laws, as he had the unique ability of being able to recall exactly how and why a piece of legislation came about as well as its finer details,” Chin said.
“He will be remembered as a legal luminary of the state, a staunch defender of her rights and a true gentleman – always willing to share his legal acumen,” former Sabah attorney general Datuk Brenddon Soh said.
Another former state attorney general, Datuk Mariayati Robert, said she was very privileged to work with Foo on many occasions over the years, including the time she joined the Attorney General’s Office in 1977.
“He was rather strict but fair as a superior. His work ethic was exemplary. He was punctual, hard-working and knowledgeable, setting high standards for junior officers like me.
“Fast forward to when I was State AG, we worked together again as members of the State Committee on Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the State Pardons Board,” she said, adding that he was generous in sharing his vast knowledge and experiences.
“His opinions were sought after and respected. I must say there’s a void in the legal profession with his passing,” she said.
Former chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said Foo’s death was a great loss to Sabah’s legal fraternity and praised his contribution as an official member from Sabah in the Federal Cabinet Committee on the Malaysia Agreement of 1963. – The Star