- POSTED: 27 Feb 2014 22:31
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said the passing of Mr Chua Sian Chin is a sad loss for Singapore, but his contributions live on in the country's policies and institutions.
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said the passing of Mr Chua Sian Chin is a sad loss for Singapore, but his contributions live on in the country's policies and institutions.
Mr Lee said this in a condolence letter on Thursday to Mrs Alice Chua, the wife of the late Mr Chua.
He said Mr Chua belonged to the pioneer generation of leaders who led Singapore in the early years of independence.
Mr Chua was born in Malacca but came to Singapore to seek his future and make it his home.
While studying law in England, Mr Chua met Dr Goh Keng Swee and worked with him to wrest the Malayan Forum from the pro-Communists.
Mr Chua later recounted how as a student, he met Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who was in London for the Constitutional Talks and had gone to speak to the Singapore and Malayan students there, and what a profound impression Mr Lee had made on him and his fellow students.
Prime Minister Lee said that, as Health Minister, Mr Chua had improved public health standards and promoted medical specialisation.
And in his role as Home Affairs Minister, Mr Chua had strengthened the Penal Code and established Singapore's community policing system.
Mr Chua also played a key role in enhancing vocational and technical streams, and promoting bilingualism when he served as Education Minister.
Mr Lee said Mr Chua had been a dedicated Member of Parliament in MacPherson, and served his constituents with dedication and humility.
Mr Lee said that as MacPherson was a brand new estate when Mr Chua was elected, he made sure housing residents who had been resettled from neighbouring kampongs settled in well into their new homes and worked hard to develop their sense of community and camaraderie.
Mr Chua also personally groomed many young grassroots volunteers who served him as MP, including several who have continued volunteering till today.
Mr Lee added that many older residents still remember Mr Chua fondly for his hard work and attention to their welfare.