I am saddened and shocked by the passing of my friend Ms. Joanne Ong, whom I refer to as "Puan Sri" since 1996. She passed away an hour ago at the Subang Jaya Medical Center after battling with leukemia for close to three months.
The late Joanne, who was my colleague in FAM, was then employed by TicketAccess and in 2006 launched her very own ticketing company called J&A Events and managed TicketPro Malaysia office. From providing tickets for Malaysian Open, she managed the Penang Jazz Festival and the latest Manchester United Tour to Malaysia.
After the United tour to Malaysia, Joanne was admitted to SJMC and diagnosed with leukemia. She was started on chemotherapy drugs. Two weeks ago, the doctors tried getting a match to do a bone-marrow transplant but failed.
I saw her when she was admitted and was planning another visit this Saturday, but God had a better plan and place for her.
It is truly sad, and as my good friend San Boon Wah rightly put it, it is great loss to all of us. May her soul rest in peace.
More updates later.