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A Tribute




Tribute To The Late Rev. Fr. De Wit


Twenty years ago, a sad event took place

in Kudat town, we, the parishioners faced

his  sad departure to heaven, untimely

for he was  murdered  brutally.

the news shook the whole country.

Earth turned dark and trees clothed in mystery.


We Christians sadly mourned him.

We said the rosary and sang requiem.
Though taught by Christ to forgive 
his murderer, we raged, let tears wet our sleeves.
May Father’s soul rest in peace;
his friends and family all felt amiss.


Pak Sen Fu is  our  nickname for him.
He is indeed a good orang putih.
In Kudat he served two terms;
from 1952 to 1954, then from 1980 till 1983,
when atlas, he met his doom, 
till this day left us in the gloom!


A man who thirsted to learn and impart;

local dialects, customs and other  art.

On  Sunday  Mass he preached painstakingly
in  languages so foreign to him and to us .
So humble he was, he would not publish 
he was so good in Dutch and in English. 

It's  Fr. e Wit who built St. Peter's  church  
and furnished  it with benches of birch,
 a  tabernacle, an altar and an Irish cross
which till this day still stand in gloss.
He also built the first Chinese school,

to educate us,  he used this tool. 

In 1981, Fr. de Wit built his dream house near the hill,
then later a convent, the belfry all added. What a thrill!
 St. Peter's Square has become a  merry place,

we  Christian love to meet and obtain grace.

In June 1981, he organized the Centenary Celebrations;

for three days  Christians lauded  in jubilation. 

As I sail  down the memory lane
I see  him as a man who loved his fellow men.

He made lively a party with his humour and wit,

and drank his beer and let his song flit.

He took photos of us; the  two albums are our treasure,

to leaf through for reference or in leisure.

He  mingled  with people from all walks of life; 

from ministers to ordinary house wife.
He started the combined Christian Service
which till this day, holds  yearly office.

This is the story of one whom we know

and who has set our souls aglow.

By Agatha Lai



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