Prominent surveyor and real estate expert Michael Geh died this afternoon from complications arising from Covid-19. He was 57.
He leaves behind a wife, daughter and five siblings.
Geh died at the Penang Hospital at 1.45 pm, 15th May 2021, 10 days after he was admitted into intensive care after testing positive for Covid-19. A family member said he was intubated after his heart and kidneys weakened.
A surveyor with 25 years experience, Geh was a senior partner of Raine & Horne International Zaki + Partners, and had been active in the Malaysian and foreign property circuit. He was the immediate past president of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) Malaysia and was awarded the FIREC designation in recognition of international real estate work and experience.
Geh had also actively weighed in on property issues on FMT, such as property overhang in the country and solutions in regards to 1Malaysia housing projects.
Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow said he was saddened by the loss of Geh and said the latter had contributed immensely to the state.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Geh’s passing would leave a “big void” in the property industry, as he was often used as a measure of professionalism in the sector. “He is a ready, calm, presence in the industry. Without Michael, the property sector would be missing a very important figure. Covid-19 has taken away one of our best,” he said.
Geh, who was known for his jovial personality, left behind his wife Celia Fung, daughter Nicole Geh, sisters Linda Geh, Amy Geh, Vivienne Geh, Guat Saik and brother Thuan Hsien.
Geh’s brother, Thuan Hsien, said he always remembered Michael for his “determination to succeed by practice, practice and practice.”
Thuan Hsien, who lives in Australia, said his younger brother was a hardworking man and will be greatly missed by everyone in the family.
Geh’s daughter, Nicole, posted on his Facebook that he was the “coolest and most awesome” father she could have asked for.
“I miss the crazy moments that we spent together. I love you forever, daddy.” she posted.
FIABCI Malaysia vice president Teh Teik Bin said Geh was the most joyful person he had known.
“When he was the FIABCI Malaysia president, he was very helpful and hardworking, he always took the time to listen to us,” he said.
He added that Geh was a good man and a great person and that his death proved to be too sudden and shocking.
FIABCI Asia Pacific vice president Rusmin Lawin said Geh was a man of integrity and strong loyalty to the world’s real estate sector.
“This is too sudden, he was a great man, this is a great loss to us all,” he said.
Geh is the son of former Penang Utara MP Geh Chong Keat, who served under MCA during Tunku Abdul Rahman’s premiership in 1959.
Geh’s cortege for cremation will head to the Batu Gantung Crematorium at 2.45pm 16th May. The funeral is limited to family members in accordance with movement restriction rules.
His family requested that condolences be expressed through donations to the Covid-19 fund.
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