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Lee Kuan Yew, DPM Teo express condolences over Chua Sian Chin's death

Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean sent their condolences to the widow of former minister Chua Sian Chin on Thursday.

SINGAPORE: Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew sent his deepest condolences to the widow of former minister Chua Sian Chin on Thursday.

Mr Lee said in a letter to Mrs Chua that it was with sadness that he was informed that Mr Chua had passed away.

Mr Chua died of heart failure on Wednesday.

Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said Mr Chua had laid the foundations for the safe and secure country that Singapore is today.

Mr Chua served as minister for home affairs through the challenging years of the 1970s and 1980s. 

In his condolence letter to Mr Chua's family on Thursday, Mr Teo said Mr Chua played a key role in Singapore's fight against drugs by introducing the Misuse of Drugs Act in 1973.

He also saw the importance of rehabilitating prison inmates and established the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE) in 1976.

Mr Chua also started efforts to engage the community to help fight crime, by setting up the National Crime Prevention Council, Neighbourhood Watch Groups and Neighbourhood Police Posts.

Mr Teo said in his letter: "We are grateful to Mr Chua for his many contributions to Singapore.” 

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