[Oe List ...] Death of Yap Kim Hao

Margaret Aiseayew aiseayew at netins.net
Thu Nov 16 07:53:57 PST 2017

Thank you so much for sharing this news.  Margaret


From: OE [mailto:oe-bounces at lists.wedgeblade.net] On Behalf Of Dharmalingam Vinasithamby via OE
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 2:57 AM
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Cc: Dharmalingam Vinasithamby
Subject: [Oe List ...] Death of Yap Kim Hao


Dear Colleagues, 

Yap Kim Hao, the man who provided the Ecumenical Institute the umbrella for its activities in Malaysia in the 60s and 70s , died at the age of 88 in Singapore this morning. He became the first Asian bishop of the Methodist church in Malaysia and Singapore in 1968.Those of us who worked in Malaysia and Singapore in those years will know how important his support was to us. Thanks to him, we were able to use Rev Kjell Knutsen’s residence as the KL Religious House. He was a progressive thinker in a denomination stuck in the two-storey universe. He spent the last few decades of his retirement in Singapore where he worked with various groups such as the Inter Religious Organisation and those fighting for gay rights. 


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