Former Senior Minister of State Lee Khoon Choy dies at 92

Former Senior Minister of State Lee Khoon Choy dies at 92
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Former Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Lee Khoon Choy died on Saturday (Feb 27) morning at the age of 92, The Straits Times reported.

"His son-in-law, Mr Graham Bell, said in an e-mail message that he died peacefully at his home," the report said.

Mr Lee was the last People's Action Party (PAP) old guard office holder still alive.

The journalist-turned-politician was elected as assemblyman for Bukit Panjang after the PAP came into power following the 1959 Legislative Assembly election.

During his 25-year political career, Mr Lee also served as an MP for Hong Lim and Braddell Heights, and as Singapore's ambassador to Indonesia in the 1970s. Before getting promoted to Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Lee started out as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Culture.

He retired from politics in 1984. He founded his own an investment company in 1990 and wrote several books, including Golden Dragon And Purple Phoenix, about the impact of the Chinese in South-east Asia, which was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2013.

Mr Lee is survived by his second wife Madam Eng Ah Siam, seven children and 11 grandchildren.

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