Mr Loh Song Chuan alias Law Song Chuan, 63, a senior member of the Johor Bar passed away at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore on the 1st day of November 2014 and his remains were cremated at the Ngee Heng Crematorium Johor Bahru on the 4th November.
Loh was from the little town of Panchor, near Pagoh, Muar and was educated at the Muar High School. He then joined the Singapore Police Force and resigned therefrom as an Inspector of Police to pursue his desire to become an Advocate and Solicitor. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree and the Certificate in Legal Practice. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar on 28.8.1985. Loh practiced under the name and style of Loh & Renga and had offices in Johor Bahru, Pontian and Batu Pahat.
The late Mr Loh handled civil litigation and conveyancing and was a quiet practitioner of the laws. He did not in any way demean and or diminish the noble aims and regulations of the Bar but was decent and dutiful in his professional calling.
He was married to Elsie Tan a Chartered Valuation Surveyor and leaves behind 2 sons Winston Loh a Pharmacist and Wilfred Loh a Business and Law undergraduate in Australia.
Loh was a very quiet and unassuming person socially and professionally. Almost inhibited coy and reticent, he kept largely to himself. A private person one might say. The Johore Bar offers its condolences to Ms Elsie Tan and the 2 sons.
We offer some words of the wise in consolation to the bereaved family:
“As soon as a man is born he begins to die.” (Luigi Pirandello, Henry IV)
“Death is a debt we all must pay.” (Euripides)
May the Late Loh SOng Chuan rest in peace. May his God be merciful in his judgment and grant the late lawyer eternal peace. So may it be.
(Tribute for the late Loh Song Chuan at Reference Proceeding held at High Court Johor Bahru on 4 Feb 2015)
“Loh Song Chuan @ Law Song Chuan was born on 26.12.1951. He hailed from Panchor, Muar. He was the second son of the late Mr Loh Swee and Mdm Chew Kwi Lian. Song Chuan has 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
Song Chuan married Elsie Tan Lee Chu in 1987. They have 2 sons, namely Winston Loh Wen Sheng and Wilfred Loh Woon Hsien. They are now 26 years old and 22 years old respectively.
Before he became a lawyer, Song Chuan (or more commonly referred to as “Loh” by his friends) was in the Singapore Police Force. He joined that police force as rank and file, and rose to assume the post of an inspector. It was when he was at the police force that he took up law. He later on obtained his LLB and CLP. He was admitted as a member of the Malaysian Bar on 28.8.1985.
After having worked as a legal assistant in Johor Bahru for a few years, Loh then formed a partnership with Mr Renganatha, and both of them practiced under the name and style of Loh and Renga, with effect from 1991. Loh & Renga has offices in Johor Bahru, Pontian and Batu Pahat.
One would need to work very hard to take care of 3 law offices in 3 different parts of the State of Johor. As Loh was no stranger to hard work and perseverance, he was able to sucessfully manage that 3 law offices, and at all times with the assistance of his partners Mr Renganathan and Mr Derek Low.
In the beginning of his career as lawyer (which was in the eighties), one could often see Loh regularly in Court. As time passes, he spent more and more time in conveyancing matters and less time in litigation. In the last few years, his appearance as a counsel in court was few and far between.
Apart from being his friend, I have also worked together with Loh on some legal matters in the past.
On 1.11.2014, Loh was taken away from us. He was 63 years old. He succumbed to skin cancer.
Loh was a private and reserved person.
A private person and reserved person is also usually a stoic person. I have been told by his partners and his work colleagues that in the last stage of his life, Loh endured skin cancer with stoicism, and without making any complaint about that medical condition that was afflicting him. He did not tell all his friends that he was fighting that medical condition. I also did not know that he was suffering from that medical condition at all, until he has passed away.
In looking back at our friendship of about 30 years, I now realised that all these years, I have not seen Loh lose his temper at all or speak ill of anyone. He took things in his stride, and would not allow himself to be flustered by the rough and tumble of legal practice or by the vicissitudes that life tossed his way. He would take each day as it comes, and was always calm.
It has been my privilege to have been his friend and to have learnt from him that during the turbulent times in our life, we could always respond with fortitude and calmness, and that we need not resort to despair or bitterness.
In ending, I would like to offer my deepest condolence to the family members of Loh.”
Chok Chin You
M/s Yeo Chambers